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The Ivorian international has indicated that his future lies at Stamford Bridge...

Chelsea's powerful hitman, Didier Drogba, an oft maligned figure but one who is a relentless thorn in many a Premier League side, has revealed that he is willing to remain in west London for as long as the Blues want him.

Drogba has been linked with a move away from Chelsea of late, with Inter, Real Madrid and multiple suitors from Ligue 1 all reportedly interested in securing the services of the forward.

He is fast approaching the conclusion of his current contract, with only one year left remaining before he can execute a Bosman-style free transfer, but he alerted The Mirror to his stance on his future.

"I believe the future of Chelsea will be splendid because we have created something for which many [players] want to come here,” he explained.

"They know that when they come here every year they have to fight to win trophies.

"This club was already historical but it will become even more so.

"I'm so proud to be a part of it and want to stay as long as they want me."

Drogba has netted ten times in the Premier League and Champions League this season. He, along with Nicolas Anelka, are the club's only recognised and tested strikers, and it is believed that Chelsea will bolster their forward line in the summer transfer market, with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko reportedly heading their shortlist of candidates.

Alan Dawson, Goal.com

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