Drogba dismisses exit talk

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba insists there is no chance of him leaving Stamford Bridge in January.

The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international has often been linked with moves away from the current Premier League leaders in the past but says he is now settled in west London.

He said:"I can promise the fans I am not going to leave the club in the winter. You will see in January there will be a lot of rumours that Drogba is in talks with Inter or Barcelona. I am used to it.

"Only once have I admitted I wanted to leave Chelsea. It was more than two years ago after Jose Mourinho was sacked."

Drogba will spend much of January on international duty at the African Cup of Nations but Nicolas Anelka does not think the club will be too badly affected.

The France international told The Sun:"When Didier was out earlier in the season, and then when we were hit with the transfer embargo, some people expected us to falter.

"But we play as a team and we all want to win the Premier League and the Champions League – and if anything it helped the team spirit. Obviously it's better when Didier is here but I will do my very best to score the goals."

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