Lampard calls for new contract for Chelsea striker Drogba

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the club should offer striker Didier Drogba a new contract when his current deal expires this summer, the BBC has reported.

Drogba scored what proved to be the match-winning second goal as Chelsea defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Roberto Di Matteo’s side won the match 2-1, and previously rejected the offer of a one-year contract to remain at Stamford Bridge. Drogba is thought to be holding out for a two-year contract and, if one is not forthcoming, will leave Chelsea with China, the United States, the Middle East or a return to France all possible destinations.

Lampard said that he feels Drogba is irreplaceable at Chelsea and, despite being 34-years-old, is as effective as he ever was. Lampard added: “I’m desperate for him to stay. He is a magnificent player. He’s a machine. He’s unique…He scores goals that matter and that’s priceless. He’s lost no pace. He’s lost none of his finishing instinct.

Drogba’s second-half goal at Wembley was his eighth strike in as many appearances at the national stadium, going back to 2004-05 when the Ivory Coast international scored in extra-time in the League Cup. Drogba’s goal put Chelsea 2-1 in front and, under the management of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea eventually triumphed over Liverpool 3-2.

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