Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed his intention to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge after picking up the Football Writers' tribute award at last night's gala tribute ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in central London.
The 36-year-old, whose current contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season, revealed that he plans to remain part of the 'family' for the long-term future, whether that's in a playing or non-playing capacity.
After receiving the individual accolade for 2015, Drogba said that it was an honour to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest names to have played the professional game by scooping the prize for his overall contribution to the sport over the past ten years.
"I am really proud for this award, in the list of previous winners there are a lot of players whom I really respect and grew up trying to reach there level, so for me this is a great honour," he said.
"When I came to England, things were difficult, there was the language barrier and culture change. With time, we managed to learn more from each other and today I am really happy that the football writers not only understand me a lot on the pitch, but have also helped me with my foundation work."
Drogba is revered in his native Ivory Coast, and not just for his football career. The veteran marksman has given back to his homeland by funding many charity projects through the Didier Drogba Foundation.
After arriving in England from Marseille in a £24 million deal in 2004, the African left Chelsea in 2012 after helping secure the club's first ever European Cup by converting the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Spells at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray followed before an emotional return to the Premier League last summer, reuniting with Jose Mourinho after signing a 12-month deal with the Blues.
Dressed smartly in a blue suit and bow tie, Drogba reflected proudly on all that he has achieved over the past decade and reiterated his desire to maintain his relationship with Chelsea moving forward.
"When you have achieved so much and won so many trophies like we have done in the past 10 years, that creates something special," he explained. "I hope, and the club makes me believe, I am part of this big family, so we are going to find the best thing for both of us to promote the club in the best way.
"When I left this club [the first time in 2012], I was saying that I had done everything I wanted to do, but I think now that I did not do everything, I think there is more to do.
"I love this club and would love to be part of this club for the future, with the new players."
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