Drogba closing on Chelsea legends

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Didier Drogba is just one strike away from joining some Chelsea greats on 150 goals for the club.

The Ivorian international stands on the brink of an impressive landmark at Stamford Bridge, and would join Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley on the number should he score against Aston Villa tomorrow.

Frank Lampard (178), Kerry Dixon (193) and Bobby Tambling (202) also lay ahead of the 33-year-old forward, but with only six-months left on his current deal with the club he may not get the chance to pursue absolute greatness in west London.

"I didn't consider reaching that number when I arrived here, especially when my first season didn't go very well," Drogba told the London Evening Standard earlier in December.

"I struggled fitness-wise when I came, but I made myself play because I had to show what I could do as a new player."

"Thank God the next year I was feeling much better, reduced the injuries and that's when I started to improve and score more goals. The fans then started to change their opinions and I was really proud of that."

Jose Mourinho brought Drogba to Chelsea in 2004, paying £24 million to sign the relatively unknown striker from Marseille.

A two-time winner of the African Player of the Year award, Drogba has remained pivotal under a string of managers, including current boss Andre Villas-Boas.

He is renowned for scoring crucial goals for the club, and has claimed three Barclays Premier League, three FA Cup and two League Cup titles during his seven years with Chelsea thus far.

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