Didier Drogba to be put up for sale by Chelsea – report

Long serving striker’s future put into doubt after Ancelotti suggests Torres will be first choice next season, when Daniel Sturridge also returns from loan spell at Bolton

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Chelsea could be set to sell Didier Drogba after Carlo Ancelotti described new signing Fernando Torres as "the future of Chelsea".

The Ivorian striker, 33, has not enjoyed his best season for the club after suffering from malaria earlier in the campaign, an illness that kept him sidelined for several weeks, and he is now having to contend with competition from Chelsea’s new £50 million signing, Fernando Torres.

The Times suggests that Chelsea would be willing to sell Drogba as they look to offer Torres a more focal role next season, when they will also have Daniel Sturridge returning from a successful loan spell at Bolton.

“Torres is a fantastic transfer, not just for the present but also the future,

“To judge him now is not right. We have to wait. He is a fantastic striker who is not living a good moment, but we have to move on. He will be a fantastic player for the future of Chelsea.

There is sure to be no shortage of options for Drogba, with his former club Marseille known to be keen on bringing the striker back to the club where he made his name. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now coach of Real Madrid, is also thought to want Drogba at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea have long been linked with Anderlecht wonderkid Romelu Lukaku, who has previously been described as "the new Drogba", and at 17 the club could be set to replace their long-serving striker with a younger model as they aim to reduce the average age of their squad.

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