Drogba flattered by Marseille interest but warns ex-club: I'm happy at Chelsea
10 June 2009 08:06
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Didier Drogba has challenged his former club Marseille to make an offer if they really want to lure him from Chelsea.
Head boy: Didier Drogba (centre) challenges Everton's Joleon Lescott (left) and Tim Cahill during the FA Cup final last month
Reports in France claim that the 31-year-old is 'closer than ever' to re-signing for the club he left for west London in 2004 - despite Drogba's continued protestations that he is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge.
'I am a bit tired of speaking about my future. I already did on many occasions. I am good at Chelsea.' the striker told French newspaper Le Parisien.
'I hope that Ancelotti will help us win titles, this is the reasonwhy he has been appointed. Everybody knows his trophy room is full, asa player and as a manager.'
And while the Ivory Coast international admits he still has a soft spot for Marseille, he indicated that a return to the south of France is unlikely.
'I've never hidden the fact that I liked Marseille, even before I played for them,' Drogba added.
'We call each other, Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo sometimes, to be in touch.
'If Marseille want me, their bosses should talk to those at Chelsea. But today it's not on the cards.'
The world has moved on in the five years since Drogba left Marseille. The French club can no longer compete with the Ivorian's £125,000-a-week wages or offer him the chance to win trophies in the same way as Chelsea.
And Sportsmail understands Drogba is on the verge of signing a new three-year deal after new boss Carlo Ancelotti indicated he did not want to discard a player who has previously angered the Chelsea hierarchy.