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'Irreplaceable' Striker Didier Drogba Set To Sign Three-Year Chelsea Deal

Powerful Ivorian international Didier Drogba, who scored during Chelsea's win over Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly yesterday, is an "irreplaceable" commodity at Stamford Bridge, according to new boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has been told by the 31-year-old that he is "happy to stay" in west London.

The Italian tactician appears more preoccupied with keeping key members of his current squad together than he does with talk of potential recruits, as Manchester City continue their flirtations with Blue symbol John Terry.

"In one week nobody will have a problem about John Terry," Ancelotti explained to The Telegraph. The statement came shortly after a third bid for the Chelsea captain was placed by the Eastlands outfit - one that was believed to exceed the £30 million mark.

Regarding the likelihood of Drogba penning an extension, Ancelotti added, "Drogba is a very important player for us, and we want him to play for Chelsea.

"I think he's irreplaceable as no other striker in the world can do the same job. I've spoken with Drogba and know very well what he wants. I believe in Drogba and told him this. He told me he's happy to stay."

Drogba is believed to be ready to ink a new contract over the coming weeks and will be joined with the likes of Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole.

Despite all the talk of committing his current crop to extended contracts, there was talk of transfer prospects. Ancelotti is a known admirer of fielding a striking pair, as "more zonal pressing" is seen as advantageous, but targets such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez have already moved clubs.

"The market closes on August 31 and if there's an opportunity to buy a player to improve the quality of the team then we can do it. But the list of strikers [we have], I like,” he said.

"Now Drogba, [Salomon] Kalou, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Nicolas] Anelka, [Franco] Di Santo, [Claudio] Pizarro, [Andriy] Shevchenko – we have a lot of strikers. He [Sturridge] is young and we believe in young players."

On Shevchenko's chances of opportunities at the Fulham Road outfit, Ancelotti shared, "I speak to Shevchenko every day and the situation is this. He's with us until August 31 and then we take a decision together. I don't know what will happen as the club have not received any offers."

Alan Dawson, Goal.com