Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has ended speculation over his future by announcing he will still be playing for the west London outfit come the start of next season.
The 36-year-old had been tipped to call time on his playing career once his one-year contract expires at the end of the current campaign, but Drogba has told French TV programme Telefoot that he will continue playing for Chelsea.
“Next season, I will still be a player for Chelsea,” he told Telefoot, according to the Metro.
Drogba made a dramatic return to Stamford Bridge last summer, two years after leaving the west London outfit in order to embark on a new adventure with Shanghai Shenhua.
The Ivory Coast legend only stayed with the Chinese outfit for a matter of months before completing a switch to Galatasaray, where he stayed for a year-and-a-half before sealing an emotional return to Chelsea.
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Still a useful player for Chelsea
Despite his advancing years, Drogba has made a total of 27 appearances this season - albeit mostly from the substitutes’ bench - scoring six goals in the process.
A leader on and off the pitch, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be lining up a coaching role for Drogba when he finally decides to hang up his boots.
But it seems that now won’t happen until the summer of 2016 at the earliest.
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