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Drogba rules out Blues exit
24 Sep 2008 - 12:14:47
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has vowed to see out the rest of his current Stamford Bridge contract, having been linked with a move to Italy for much of the summer.
The 30-year-old Ivory Coast was linked with both AC Milan and Internazionale, where he would have joined up with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
However, Drogba insists he is going nowhere for at least the next two years.
Drogba told the magazine Sport: "There hasn't been anything, the club told me they wanted me to stay.
"As a consequence, I am under contract until 2010 and don't want to fight against that.
"I always said I was interested in Italian football, but right now I'm under contract with Chelsea.
"I am not staying at Chelsea because I have to, but I really want to take up new challenges. That was the first time that I didn't win anything with Chelsea last season. I couldn't leave this way.
"The fact we lost the Champions League final makes me want to try and win it with the lads. We were inches from winning it last May.
"We learnt a lot from last season and we want to win the English title. Winning the double would be beautiful."
Drogba joined the Blues in the summer of 2004 from Marseille and has scored 80 goals in 176 appearances for the club in all competitions.