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Friday, August 8, 2008

Chelsea hires Drogba till 2010

The Cote d'Ivoire international kicked up a storm in October following Jose Mourinho's controversial departure from the club. The player and coach shared an excellent working relationship and Drogba, 30, was content on leaving Stamford Bridge for one of Europe's powerhouses: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Internazionale were put on alert.

Real Madrid were the first to slink out of the race for the powerful striker, as they had their sights set solely on Cristiano Ronaldo at the time, and their preferred striker looked to be of a younger variety in David Villa or even Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

When Jose Mourinho made his anticipated return to football with Inter, it was written in the skies that he would be joined by Drogba, but the Portuguese was quick to insist he would not be investing in any more strikers, as the Nerazzurri are already well-stocked in that department.

Milan preferred Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor to Drogba and subsequently gave up any chance they had of signing the player. In failing to even land Adebayor, they eventually opted for a signing as potentially incredible as it could be detrimental, in two time World Player of the Year Ronaldinho.

That left just Barcelona, and their pursuit was thought to be the most real of all, as they looked to ship Samuel Eto'o off to pastures new in order for new coach Pep Guardiola to establish a new era and a fresh start. Drogba was widely tipped as the ideal replacement - though Adebayor was in the frame again - but as it has transpired, despite Barça's eagerness to get rid of Eto'o and replace him with one of "four or five" candidates, it seems as though Drogba has ruled himself out of the running, which leaves Dimitar Berbatov the most likely recruit for the Blaugrana.
But now chelsea has extended Drogba till 2010

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