Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that it will be up to club owner Roman Abramovich to decide whether veteran Ivorian striker Didier Drogba will stay at the club in the coming season. The 37-year-old has recently said that he has no such plans to retire and wants to continue playing for at least one more season before he eventually decides to hang up his boots.
Drogba who has endeared himself as a legendary status in the Chelsea folklore joined the Stamford Bridge side last summer as a free agent after his contract with Turkish club Galatasaray came to an end. Though he was supposed to be employed as a squad player, Drogba has scored seven times this season as Chelsea continue their relentless surge towards reclaiming their Premier League crown at the end of the current season.
Chelsea have a policy of offering one-year contracts to players who are above 30 but it will be interesting if Drogba is given another season. The London Evening Standard quoted Mourinho claiming:
“I think, this is a club thing. This is a Mr Abramovich thing. Mr Abramovich wants him to do what he wants in the club, but it’s something Mr Abramovich has to tell him. He has to decide. But, obviously, he belongs to the history of this club. These guys are special players.”
Mourinho also claimed that he hasn’t spoken with the player over a contract extension. Drogba has 157 goals for Chelsea in his first spell between 2004-12 and it is also believed that he could join the Chelsea back-room staff after his retirement.
Mourinho when deeply pressed if Drogba can still play at the highest level given his age, stated:
“I think it belongs to him: what he feels, what he thinks.When they reach this age, I think it’s more about them to analyse themselves. It’s not just about the body. It’s about the body, the brain, the heart, family, projects for the future.”
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