Drogba rejects new Chelsea deal

Didier Drogba has rejected a Chelsea offer of a new contract and a loan deal to AC Milan, and instead will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer in search of one final pay day according to his agent.

The Ivory Coast international is in the last year of his deal with Andre Villas Boas’ men, and has not been guaranteed a starting place in the Premier League side’s starting XI this season.

The African forward’s representative Thierno Seydi has clarified that money will be a deciding factor in the veteran attacker’s choice of destination at the end of the campaign.

“Milan came in for Didier, but I said no straight away. Their offer, for a loan with an option to buy, did not interest us,” Seydi told reporters.

“He’s had the offer of a one-year extension from Chelsea, but that does not suit us. At his age, he has nothing left to prove as a player.

“Once you are well into your thirties, you have to go to a club where you can be certain you’ll be able to pay your bills.

“He will go where he is offered the most money. It could be the United States, Qatar, Russia or somewhere in Asia. He’ll go wherever he feels good from a financial point of view,” the agent concluded.

Nicolas Anelka is in the same boat as Drogba in that his contract at Stamford Bridge is running down, and both of the veteran strikers are expected to leave the London team come the summer.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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