Didier Drogba has finally decided to finish his career at Stamford Bridge and has signed a new three year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2012.
He joins John Mikel Obi, Florent Malouda and Michael Ballack in signing extensions this summer, and similar announcements are expected soon regarding Joe Cole and Ashley Cole.
The club have retained all their top players and the stability can only be advantageous to their hopes of regaining the Premiership title from Man Utd. But Drogba has his sights set on finally winning the Champions League this season, and said: “I have decided to extend my contract with Chelsea for two extra years and I am very happy and proud to continue to wear the blue of Chelsea until then,”.
“I love the club, I feel good here and I want to continue to win titles with them.
“I stay because I am ambitious to pick up lots more trophies, regain the Premier League title, win cups, it’s for this that I have extended my time at Chelsea.
“But my number one objective is to win the Champions League. I am convinced that this year we can go to the end and finally lift this trophy.
“I’d like to take advantage of this message to thank the Chelsea supporters who have always encouraged me with fervour as well as all my fans.”
Saying that Drogba will miss half the Group stages of the competition due to his ban received for his behaviour towards the referee after the Champions League semi-final draw with Barcelona, which saw Chelsea undeservedly knocked out of the competition.
This u-turn by Drogba is yet another sign that Carlo Ancelotti has instilled some confidence in his new side, and if Drogba can stay fit and focused, Chelsea’s ability to win trophies under the Italian boss will be greatly enhanced.