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With the Ivorian's contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Stamford Bridge boss believes the striker can continue in the Premier League for 'another couple of years'

Roberto Di Matteo insists Didier Drogba has the ability to remain at Chelsea beyond the current campaign.

The 34-year-old's contact is set to expire at the end of the season and, after the striker reportedly turned down an approach from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, Di Matteo anticipates further interest in the striker from other clubs.

“Didier’s fit and he is certainly capable of playing in the Premier League for Chelsea, or someone else next year,” Di Matteo told reporters.

“He could do it for another couple of years at this level. He won’t retire."

Di Matteo remains unsure whether the Ivory Coast international will remain at Stamford Bridge for the rest of his career but feels the striker is already part of the club's history.

"Whether he’ll be here or elsewhere, I don’t know," Di Matteo said.

"He’s part of the history of this club, like many players, and always will be. But the final decision is for the club to take.”

Di Matteo also defended Drogba's actions against Barcelona after the striker had been accused of repeated simulation.

“Do you know how many times other teams wasted time? Many times. Every team does it. Barcelona do it," said Di Matteo.