Anelka eyes Drogba stay

18 January 2008 08:33
New Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka remains confident wantaway strike partner Didier Drogba will eventually decide to stay at Stamford Bridge. The unsettled Ivory Coast international once again said earlier this week that he wanted to leave the Blues, with Barcelona his preferred destination. Drogba had said when Jose Mourinho left the club last September that his own future lay elsewhere, but Anelka is not so sure. The Frenchman, signed from Bolton Wanderers for £15million earlier this month, said: "I think when he comes back (from the Africa Cup of Nations) I will speak with him because he doesn't know anything about what happens when you leave England. "I know because I did it and I know when I was outside of England and the Premier League it was hard. I would tell him to stay because he will not find what he has at Chelsea and in England anywhere else. "I spoke with him and I told him I'm looking forward to playing with him. I don't know what he thinks about his future but I will tell him to stay and we can be good together. "I did it before, I know what happened in my life. I will speak to him and try to explain what happens when you leave. "He is a big star in England and a big star in Chelsea and everybody loves him. It's up to him if he decides to leave - what can you do? - but I will tell him not to."

Source: ESA