Didier Drogba Named Chelsea's Player Of The Year As Florent Malouda Pleads With Team-Mates To Help Him Win FA Cup & Premier League Double

Ivorian wins club award for the first time in his Blues career...
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been named the club's Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season.

The Ivory Coast international has enjoyed an impressive campaign with the Blues, netting 26 league goals in a season that could see the club crowned Premier League champions - providing they beat Wigan Athletic at home on Sunday.

It is the first time Drogba has received the award since he joined the club from Marseille back in 2004 and the Ivorian was clearly delighted to have been sounded out for the individual honour.

"Wow," began the attacker's acceptance speech, as broadcast by Chelsea TV.

"Thank you to all the fans from my heart.

"When I came here it wasn't easy for me, I made a lot of mistakes and they always tried to help me. My only desire was to love this club and win a lot of trophies. This is the happiest I have ever been and I want this moment to continue for years and years."

England full-back Ashley Cole received the vote for Goal of the Season for his solo effort against Sunderland back in January and the former Arsenal defender hailed what he described a 'Johan Cruyff' moment.

"I had been practicing hard in training with Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Didier and normally they went over the bar," Cole said about the goal.

"But it was a great ball from JT [John Terry], we have a good understanding and we try to do that a lot.

"As I took the touch I didn't know what to do but I did a 'Cruyff' and luckily the keeper went down and I chipped it over him."

Florent Malouda, meanwhile, was announced as the club's Players' Player of the Year, and the Frenchman urged his team-mates to help him and the Blues win a Premier League and FA Cup double.

"It has been one of my best seasons and I would like to thank my team-mates, they are the best jury, but I prefer collective awards so I ask them to please help me win that Double," he said.

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