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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ron Gourlay: Didier Drogba will be a Chelsea player next year

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has clearly said that the club’s Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is not for sale and would stay at the club, dismissing reports linking the player with a move to Manchester City.

Recently, Drogba’s agent said that City had shown interest in his client and there could be a ‘surprise’ move before the transfer window closes. There were many who could not just rule out the possibility of Drogba’s transfer to City as his agent indicated, considering City’s spending spree and financial capability.

Didier Drogba, though at 32, has been in impressive form. Last season, the Ivory Coast international was instrumental behind Chelsea’s triumph in Premier League and was the highest scorer of the season. Naturally, Chelsea would not like someone of Drogba’s quality to leave with the Blues looking to strengthen their squad in their attempt to defend the title.

Drogba joined the Blues in 2004 in a move away from French club Marseille. Since then, he has been one of the most reliable and consistent performers of the West London club.

During his 7 seasons with Chelsea so far, Drogba scored 131 goals in 260 appearances in all competitions, and thus, becoming the 7th highest goal scorer in the history of Chelsea. At Chelsea, he already won 3 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup and 2 Community Shield titles.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gourlay has indicated that the club would arrange funds, if coach Carlo Ancelotti thinks his squad needs reinforcement. However, he has also said that new players could arrive at the Stamford Bridge only at the right price. So, it could be an indication that Chelsea would not go for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres with a bucket full of money.

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