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The Ivorian is reportedly close to signing a new deal, and seems keen to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, whose future at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of some intense speculation over the last year, is rumoured to be on the verge of agreeing a new contract with the west London club, though nothing has yet been confirmed.

Speaking after the club's friendly with Inter in the United States last night, Drogba informed reporters that he intended to stay at Stamford Bridge.

"I told you before, I am at Chelsea and I'm staying at Chelsea," he told the Sky Sports News cameras, before being hurried away from reporters by a member of the Blues staff.

Prior to that, the centre-forward had revealed that he was pleased with his side's display, after they beat Italian giants Inter, coached of course by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, 2-0 at the Rose Bowl in California.

"It was only a friendly game and you could see that the teams had some high moments and then some lower moments. But the most important thing for us was to keep the shape of the team and the balance, so that's what we did.

"That's what we work for during this pre-season, so it's good."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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