We want to be together: Nicolas Anelka is keen to continue his partnership with Didier Drogba (right)
Ivory Coast striker Drogba embarrassed Stamford Bridge insiders with his behaviour after the Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona last month when he berated the referee and swore into a TV camera.
And the Blues were tempted to axe him 12 months ago when he was sent off in the Champions League final on the way to defeat against Manchester United.
Drogba has 12 months left on his contract and Chelsea appear to be lining up Valencia and Spain striker David Villa as a replacement.
But Anelka, who has often been shunted out to the wing to accommodate Drogba in the starting XI insists he does not want the 31-year-old to leave.
'I want Didier to stay,' Anelka told the London Evening Standard. 'We have had to wait one year to start together but we have shown in the last few months that we can play well as a partnership.
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'This is good for the new manager and the club. They know we can play with two strikers.
'Opposition defences don't like playing against us and he helped me finish as the Premier League's top scorer in the final few weeks.
'We are not just focused on our own goals, we put the club first. I'm not the chairman or manager and they are going to buy players anyway, but we're strong.
'We can bridge the gap to United next season. We have a big squad, with big players, we just need to concentrate on next season and play like we did.'
Drogba seemed to be on the verge of teaming up with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in January and would also interest Manchester City.
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