Didier Drogba may well have been a bit irritated by the lack of notice paid to him all but hanging a ‘for sale’ sign round his neck when talking to the press this summer, however, according to recent reports, the Ivorian has still not given up hope of someone coming in for him before the transfer window closes. Although there appear to be a lack of direct quotes from the player himself, he’s apparently ‘as eager as ever to get out’ of Stamford Bridge and has allegedly informed his new boss of his plans to leave.
As luck would have it – for the press at least – Chelsea’s chief executive, Peter Kenyon did suggest last week that the club didn’t plan to extend Drogba’s current contract which has two years remaining. Therefore, with the Chelsea striker in a position to buy it out at the end of this season, I guess it gives the media a little more scope for a story. However, what Kenyon also made clear at the time was that Chelsea “do not sell our best players”. Not that the rags would let trivial details like that put them off though.
Scolari is reported to be keen to keep hold of the wantaway striker, who is currently out of action with a persistent knee problem although in order to concentrate fully on his job as the new Chelsea manager, has left the matter in the hands of the Chelsea board – which presumably should see the Ivorian out of the club in the next few days then!
However, when questioned directly on Drogba, Scolari stated “‘Sometimes it is not the fault of the player. Sometimes agents put things in the news. But Didier, when I arrived and until now, has been training very well twice a day. He is in the last day for his treatment. Three or four days ago he started a new phase for recuperation. Next week, he will start with me on the pitch. We are going slowly because we need Drogba for one year, not one or two games. Last season he played some games with problems and I don’t want him to play a few games and stay out of the team for six months.”
So, with not long left for the offers to come flooding in, will Drogba still be a Chelsea player at the end of the transfer window?