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Drogba turns down new Chelsea deal

REJECTION: Drogba

DIDIER DROGBA looks set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after his agent revealed that the striker turned down a new one-year deal as ‘it did not suit his needs’.

The Ivorian, 33, who joined Chelsea in 2004 from Marseille in a record £24 million deal, has seen his first team opportunities limited since the arrival of £50 million Fernando Torres and due to the form of Daniel Sturridge.
The 22-year-old Sturridge already has six league goals whilst Drogba has managed just one, in the 4-1 win against Swansea in September.

In the Champions League, in which he is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 29 goals, he has featured only once so far this season.

Drogba also rejected an opportunity to join Italian champions AC Milan on loan in January earlier this week and his agent Thierno Seydi admitted that it had come to the point in Drogba’s career where he would seek the best financial rather than footballing deal:

“At Didier's age, he has nothing left to prove as a player,” said Seydi.

“He will go where he is offered the most money. It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia. Once you are well into your thirties you have to go to a club where you can be certain you'll be able to pay your bills.”

La Galaxy are believed to be interested as are Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala but Seydi stated that they had received no offers as yet.


IMPRESSIVE MEDAL HAUL: Drogba (right) celebrates winning last year's FA Cup final with his team-mates

During his seven years at Chelsea, the striker has amassed an impressive medal haul, which includes three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups. He was named Chelsea Player of the Year in their double-winning 2009-2010 season and his 146 goals in 256 appearances for the club makes him their sixth highest scorer of all time, and their number one foreign goalscorer.

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