Chelsea captain John Terry has declared that he believes Didier Drogba should be handed a new deal at the club after having helped the Blues win the Premier League title at the weekend.
The big Ivorian’s 12-month contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire this summer, and neither he nor Jose Mourinho has offered any indication that an extension will be forthcoming.
Terry on Drogba
In fact Mourinho just last week appeared to reveal that it would be Roman Abramovich who would make the ultimate decision, but Terry has urged whomever it concerns that Drogba needs to stay.
“He’s been great because he’s had to be patient," Terry said of his teammate, according to the Daily Mirror.
"Ideally he would have liked a bit more game-time. But Diego Costa hit the ground running, scoring a lot of goals.
“But Didier’s experience and the way he speaks before the games, after defeats when you’re down and you need an old head to help.
“At times we’ve been worried after defeats and he’s said that it happens and we’ll bounce back and be alright. When you hear that from someone like him, everyone takes it on board.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season. He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field.
"He’s shown that on the field but off the field he really has got a massive part to play.”
The 37-year-old has played arguably a bigger part in Chelsea’s season than even he might have expected after re-signing for the club on a free transfer. Persistent injuries to both Diego Costa and Loic Remy have allowed Drogba to make the most appearances (27) out of any of Mourinho’s strikers, and he’s helped himself to four Premier League goals as a result.
Yet given that Chelsea have ended a period of lengthy torment in winning the league title the emphasis is surely now set to be focused on building a side that can be dominant for the future.
Mourinho might not spend record-breaking amounts of money this summer bringing in the best players in Europe due to the squad strength he already has. Instead the players he does purchase look like being those who can offer more than just a few years of service.
Where that leaves Drogba is anyone’s guess, with the veteran forward occupying a rather unique role in the Chelsea fold. As registered third-choice the expectation is that he will be used only as a bit-part entity, but of course Mourinho still wants someone who can potentially change a game or indeed, as has been the case this term, perform when others are unavailable.
In that respect it may be difficult for The Special One to find a direct replacement; one who is ready to serve as a perennial substitute but also possesses the ability to be of great use. Opting for a young forward, i.e. Patrick Bamford, is an option, but Mourinho will want to give developing players time on the pitch, not risk stalling their growth.
With his performances this season Drogba has proved that he’s still capable of fulfilling a job at the highest level, but Terry’s pleas could fall on deaf ears if Abramovich decides he’s simply too old.
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