Chelsea striker Didier Drogba insists that he wants to finish his career at Stamford Bridge and is negotiating a new contract, The Mirror reports.
The 33-year-old has been linked with a number of sides over the summer and Tottenham, Galatasaray and former club Marseille were all rumoured to have placed bids. The Ivorian is in the final year of his Blues contract, but is looking to extend the deal by two years as opposed to the one year extension the club have currently offered him.
Drogba is adamant that he will not leave the club whilst under contract and is hopeful that the negotiations can be resolved. Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that the club have made the offer to Drogba, he has made a counter offer and they are deliberating on which course of action to take with the Ivorian. Drogba himself has professed his love for the Blues and wants a deal to be arranged sooner rather than later.
“I said a few years ago that I will be here until the end of my contract. But I would like to finish my career here. We are continuing talks. Everybody knows what I feel about Chelsea and what I want,”Drogba said.
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Torres feeling sharp.
Fernando Torres is happy with his fitness levels and conditioning and is prepared for a good season in a Chelsea shirt, Sky Sports reports.
Torres signed for the Blues in a £50m deal from Liverpool in January and endured a difficult time last season, battling injuries and a loss of form following his move. The Spaniard’s performance against Stoke was of the old Fernando Torres and he gained man of the match honours, which gives the Chelsea fans renewed hope that their forward can regain the form of old.
Torres believes that the Blues deserved to pick up three points at Stoke, but is happy with the point against a difficult team in a hostile Britannia Stadium. The 27-year-old also spoke of his disappointment at last season and vowed to improve his performances this season.
The 27 year old said: “I feel very fresh with pace and sharpness, so I am happy with that, but not the 0-0, because a striker always wants to score. It is our work, so I would like to score every game, but it is not possible. I have not forgotten how to score and play well. Last season was a season to forget for me, a lot of things happened, but it is in the past and now I want to look forward.”
Romeu ready to start Chelsea career.
Oriol Romeu can now start his Chelsea career after his Spain under-20 side were knocked out of the tournament, chelseafc.com reports.
Romeu’s Spain made the quarter-finals, but were knocked out on a penalty shoot-out against Brazil. Romeu signed for the Blues from Barcelona this summer and has been on international duty since his signature, not allowing him to properly meet his new Chelsea teammates and get himself acquainted with the Chelsea way of football. The 18-year-old did not take a penalty in the shoot-out and could not stop his side have two saved as Brazil won 4-2 in the shootout.
Another Blues player in Gael Kakuta is still in the tournament as France Under 20’s progressed in extra time winning 3-2 over Nigeria. Kakuta was a substitute for the game and played the remaining 22 minutes of normal time as well as the extra time period. His sublime pass set up the third French goal and Kakuta is now in the squad to face Portugal in the semi-final on Wednesday.
It is unknown whether the 20-year-old Kakuta will feature in the Blues squad this season and he could be sent on loan to French side Lille to gain more experience. Kakuta spent time on loan at Fulham last season and his chances of breaking into the side this season are bleak once again.
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