Chelsea will end any hopes AC Milan have of signing Jose Bosingwa by triggering an option for a further 12 months on his contract.
The Portugal defender's current deal expires in the summer and the Serie A club were eyeing a cut-price move this month or signing him on a free in the summer.
But the Stamford Bridge club intend to take up the option of handing him a further year, effectively ending Milan's hopes of swooping for Bosingwa.
Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has revealed the bout of malaria that has rocked his season was first diagnosed as flu.
The Ivory Coast has scored just two Premier League goals from open play since October 10 - and his uncharacteristic blip has been blamed on the disease.
Drogba said: 'The was really bad, so bad that it lasted two months. It should be something that could be solved in a few weeks.
'At first the tests didn't show that it was malaria. The doctor thought it was flu, so that's why we lost time.
'While we thought it was flu I was playing, because for me I can handle flu. I lost fitness, but I was working hard and trying to help the team.'
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