Analysis, 13 October 2011

Talks between Didier Drogba and Chelsea over a new contract have reportedly broken down and the Ivory Coast international will be out of contract next summer with a number club’s keen on the 33-year-old striker. Teams like PSG, Marseille and Bayern Munich are monitoring the man who has netted an impressive 145 goals and assisted 68 in 252 appearances under the blues’ colour. Drogba has previously stated his intention to finish his career at Stamford Bridge, yet the reluctance of Chelsea’s staff to pursue the talks with the player will continue to cast a shadow over his performance until his contract expires.

Chelsea’s coach Villas-Boas started the premier league with Fernando Torres and Sturidge as the preferred attackers. He also has an alternative option using younger players like Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.

The Ivory Coast captain had been seeking a two-year contract that fits his will to finish his career in the Premier League, while Chelsea were willing to offer him an additional one year. Both parties then failed to conclude an agreement over the terms. Some reports state that Chelsea is reluctant to extend long term contracts with their old players in the measure that Villas-Boas aims to freshen his squad with the number of young players at his disposal. The manager has intimately been involved in the talks with Drogba and wants to keep his options open despite seeing him as a key player in his squad. Chelsea are keen for the Ivorian striker to stay and may offer him a deal before the end of the season. Though veteran, Drogba has more to give on the pitch. The blues’ deputy vice-captain signed for Chelsea in July 2004.

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