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Didier Drogba offered Galatasaray contract extension

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Galatasaray have offered Didier Drogba a one-year contract extension in a bid to ward off alleged transfer interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Daily Mail reports how the Ivory Coast international had been expected to depart the Turk Telekom Arena upon the expiry of his current deal this summer, following an emotional address to the club's supporters that was perceived as a farewell speech.

"Galatasaray will always be in my heart," he said. "I'm very proud to have represented this team.

"I didn't come here for money. If I wanted money I would have stayed in China. I came to Turkey to play football, to feel the passion again."

Drogba has been linked with a possible return to Chelsea this summer, a move that would see him reunited with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the 36-year-old, and is believed to be keen to talk to him about the possibility of switching to Anfield.

However, both Chelsea and Liverpool's hopes of securing the veteran striker's services after the World Cup could be hampered by news of Galatasaray's offer that is now on the table.

Juventus are also keeping tabs on Drogba's situation in Turkey, while additional interest in North America is another lucrative option for the African star who could be open to finishing his career in the MLS.

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