Didier Drogba has been offered the chance to stay at Chelsea for another season after deciding to shelve plans to retire this summer, reports The Evening Standard.
The 37-year-old had planned to hang up his boots after a one-season stint at Stamford Bridge but has now revealed that he is set to continue for at least one more season.
Asked if Drogba had made a decision on his future, he told the same report: “Yes I have and it’s not going to be my last season.”
There is now a big question over where he will be when the new campaign gets underway. Jose Mourinho only offered Drogba a 12 month contract last summer and it is believed the Chelsea boss is open to the idea of renewing that deal.
Drogba has been told that his future at Stamford Bridge is in his hands with Mourinho ready to let the Ivory Coast legend make the decision on his future. A new deal with the Blues remains on the table whatever happens.
Part to play
The striker has played a bigger part in Chelsea's season than Mourinho had envisaged. Injuries to both Diego Costa and Loic Remy has seen Drogba make 35 appearances. Only ten of those have been starts but he has still chipped in with a handy seven goals.
His latest start came against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend where he failed to breach Robert Green's goal before Cesc Fabregas popped up with a late winner. Despite a poor performance, Mourinho still holds Drogba in high regard.
Big games ahead
If Costa and Remy do not recover in time then he could play in crucial games against Manchester United and Arsenal where Chelsea will either kill off the Premier League title race or throw them back into the dog fight.
Drogba, who enjoyed so much success against Arsenal during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, believes he is ready to lead the line if Remy and Costa remain in the treatment room.
He said: “It’s difficult when you don’t play and then have to go into these kind of games. But I always try to give my best. I tried to give the best of my physical capacity against QPR, so if the manager needs me against United and Arsenal, I’m ready.”
Drogba is obviously very comfortable at Chelsea but if he stays for next season then it is possible he will play next to no first-team football in what would be his final season as a footballer.
Alternatively, he could join a smaller club and get one final shot at glory before eventually rejoining the Blues in a non-playing capacity.
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