Drogba 'hungry for challenges'

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Didier Drogba's agent Thierno Seydi, who claims to have had contact with Manchester City about the Chelsea star, has warned there might be 'surprises' before the end of the transfer window.

Drogba, 32, enjoyed a spectacular season last campaign, finishing as the Barclays Premier League top goalscorer as his 29 goals helped Chelsea win back the title. Seydi admits Drogba is happy at Stamford Bridge and is unlikely to leave but would not rule out the possibility of a move.

"Today he is at Chelsea," Seydi told French radio station RMC.

"There might be surprises before August 31. I have not talked to just anybody. The only contact I have had directly, was Manchester City."

He added: "But at the moment we remain on the status quo. We're listening to everyone, but to separate Didier from Chelsea is not a simple affair, because all the conditions are met for him to flourish there.

"He is 32-years-old and I'm open to everything. As he improves year on year, he is still hungry for challenges.

"At his age I cant hide the financial aspect. The club which wants Didier will have to put up the money."

Should Drogba depart, Chelsea could use the money received to put up a bid for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Drogba has scored 84 league goals for Chelsea since arriving in 2004, in a £24million transfer from Marseille.

The Ivory Coast international only spent a year there but is still revered at the Stade Velodrome and is regularly linked with a return to the Ligue 1 club.

Seydi added: "Didier has always said that he dreams of ending his career at Marseille. But there is a gulf between dreams and reality. What is certain, is that at the present time, he is very happy at Chelsea.

"That said, it is not forbidden for us to lend an ear to what is being said and written."

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