Carlo Ancelotti says Didier Drogba will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that African striker Didier Drogba is firmly in the club’s future plans, and has dismissed a potential move for the player away from Stamford Bridge.

Speaking after Drogba scored one goal and set up two in a 3-1 win against West Brom the Italian coach confirmed that the Ivorian was firmly in his thoughts.

Ancelotti said: “Torres was bought as he is a fantastic striker, young, but this doesn’t mean Didier has to go. He has been a very important player for the club in the past, and he will be for the club in the future.”

Drogba was once the first man on Ancelotti’s teamsheet but now has to make do with being part of a rotation system with fellow strikers Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka. He has also been overlooked for some key fixtures recently, namely the Champions League quarter final against Manchester United on Tuesday.

The coach continued: “As we know Didier had a problem with malaria and lost a few months when he was not 100%,” said Ancelotti, whose own future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt. But when he is, every time he is able to use his abilities, his power for the team, and he has a body that can continue for a long time.”

“He has to continue to train well, be professional, because for a player who is 30-years-old, it is important he trains, to have good control of his body, and do everything to maintain his fitness.”

Drogba has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid apparently interested, but Ancelotti seems to think the hitman’s future is in London.

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