With his current 1-year deal set to expire when the season ends, veteran striker, Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is yet to know his fate; a contract extension or a move away from the club. Mourinho has however opined that the 37 years old’s future is all up to him. Speaking to club website chelseafc.com, the Portuguese said;
“I think it belongs to him: what he feels, what he thinks. When they (old players) reach this age, I think it’s more about them analysing themselves. It’s not just about the body. It’s about the body, the brain, the heart, family, projects for the future, and all that”
He however stated that the club owner will let the striker know on a personal note, that a contract extension is solely his to decide.
“I think, this is a club thing. This is a Mr Abramovich thing. Mr Abramovich wants him to do what he wants in the club, but it’s something Mr Abramovich has to tell him. He has to decide. But, obviously, he belongs to the history of this club.”
The first African to score 100 premier league goals hasn’t been the player he was during his first spell at the club, but he has contributed 6 goals thus far in the season. The influential figure has been 3rd-choice striker this season and has done well playing second fiddle to both Costa and Remy on the field of play.
He has been linked with a move the U.S league, the MLS, and it seems he will be heading there,following off the path of former Chelsea player Lampard, if a move for contract extension falls through. Although almost way past his prime at such age, the forward has made it clear that he still has some action left in him and he is not retiring at the end of the season. If the Stamford bridge owners don’t see him worthy of another deal, then the MLS will be surely delighted to have him play in the blossoming league.