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‘I will stay at Chelsea for as long as possible’

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DIDIER DROGBA has suggested that he may stay at Chelsea after his contract expires at the end of this season.

The striker had been tipped to follow former strike partner, Nicholas Anelka, to China and is believed to have also received big money offers from Russia and the Middle East.

He said: “I will stay at Chelsea for as long as possible but I am now not the master of my own destiny.”

He continued: “I’m happy here, moments like Wednesday mean a lot. I hope there will be many more.”

It is unlikely he will be offered a deal until the summer, as all contract negotiations have been put on hold following the sacking of manager, Andre Villas-Boas.

The comments came prior to Chelsea being drawn against Benfica in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League

The West London side beat Napoli 4-1 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, to progress as the only English side left in the competition.

The 34-year-old Ivorian scored the opener as interim manager, Roberto di Matteo secured his third win in as many games.

Chelsea will play the winners of the AC Milan/ Barcelona tie, should they beat the Benfica.

The tie will be played on March 27/8 and April 3 /4 with the first leg in Portugal.

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