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AVB hopeful Drogba will stay

“Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas remains hopeful that he will retain the services of striker Didier Drogba, at least until the end of the season.

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Drogba, 33, is in the final year of his contract and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with clubs in China believed to be ready to offer him a lucrative move to Asia. The striker bagged his 150th goal for the club on New Year’s Eve and bowed to the crowd, which was interpreted by sections of the media as a goodbye. 

Drogba is currently with Ivory Coast preparing for the African Nations Cup and it has been suggested he may have played his final game for the club. But Villas-Boas is hopeful of keeping the veteran forward at Stamford Bridge.

“Not that I know of,” Villas-Boas said in response to a question about whether a bid had been made for Didier Drogba and his fellow forward Salomon Kalou. “When they return, they will return to this club and hopefully we will hold on to them until the end of the season.”

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