Drogba wants to retire at Chelsea

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed he wants to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba previously insisted he had wanted to quit the club ever since he arrived in London but now claims he will stay for life if Chelsea want him.

"I would love to go on until the end of my contract here which is two years," he said at the UK launch of his autobiography at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

"It's because of the relationship I have created with the players and the staff. And now with Luiz Felipe Scolari coming in, he is talking to the players. I like the way he is dealing with the players, that is important.

"You have to understand that I was saying I wanted to move but Chelsea always showed me respect, saying that they wanted me to stay because I was one of their best players. That gave me confidence. I am really happy here.

"It is the first season I have wanted to stay. I have changed, of course. And I am really happy I have changed.

"Even if I went, I didn't know if I would find what I have here. I am not the kind of person who is scared of a new challenge, that is why I was saying that. But I don't need to move."

Injuries have kept Drogba on the sidelines for much of the campaign under new boss Scolari. The latest setback for the Ivory Coast striker is an injury to his right knee, sustained against FC Cluj in the Champions League.

Fortunately for Drogba there was no damage to his ligaments and he is planning on a return in three weeks.

"The injury is feeling good," said Drogba. "I am working to be back on the pitch as soon as possible. I have set no targets but it will be maximum of three weeks. I want to be back and fresh."

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