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All you Drogba haters better get used to him being around for a while.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will not leave Stamford Bridge in January, says club chief executive Peter Kenyon.

Drogba, 30, reportedly met Inter Milan representatives recently, sparking rumours he could join former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at the Italian club.

Kenyon told BBC Sport it was "not relevant" whether the rumours of a meeting were true.

But he added: "Didier's under contract for the next 18 months. He will be going nowhere in January."

Drogba, who has yet to score in the Premier League this season, has been persistently linked with a move from Chelsea since Mourinho's departure last year.

The Ivory Coast striker missed the start of the season with a knee injury and is now serving a three-match ban for throwing a coin back into the crowd during the Carling Cup defeat at Burnley.

Reports of a meeting with Inter sporting director Marco Branca and Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes emerged in the lead-up to Chelsea's Champions League game in Bordeaux last week.

They prompted an angry response from manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who said he did not know if they were true, adding: "I do not sleep with Drogba."

Meanwhile, Drogba would only reiterate that he has a Chelsea contract until 2010, a fact Kenyon was also keen to stress.

"Whether people leave Chelsea is as much down to us as anybody else," he said.

"I don't know whether he did or he didn't (meet Inter representatives).

"But he's a big player for us and we want him back. He's one of those players who can make a difference."

Kenyon added that Chelsea were highly unlikely to carry out any business in the January transfer window.

"We never do because the types of players that we're looking for are normally unavailable in January," he said.

"They're either cup-tied or just not available."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/t...sea/7758536.stm

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we wont get nothing out of drogba if chelsea aint prepared off load him and he wants to go

there will be nothing on the pitch from him except whinging and moaning unless he wants to stay

if he does want to stay then he needs to get his head down and do what he does best (not whinging and moaning) 30 odd goals a season

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Drogs could really turn our bad spell to a great spell. You all saw what happened last night when he came on.

Anelka lives on counter-attack play and at SB there is no possibility for that as oppositions more than often park the bus. He is not strong enough to battle between big defenders.

Drogba sparked the team alive yesterday and I just :D so he stays fit. Hopefully Scolari also sees that the holy trinity of Anelka-Drogba-Deco will work.

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Phil McNulty, though I sometimes disagree with him, hit it right on the head with his blog entry this morning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/philmcnulty/200...ea_success.html

I especially liked this bit

All human life is there with Drogba. But one thing is certain - Chelsea cannot afford to let him go to Inter Milan or anywhere else if they wish to contest the major trophies this season. If you fail to pick the lock you might occasionally need to blow the doors off, and that is what his explosive power provides when Chelsea are struggling.

Of course he can also be an irritant who can drive his own fans to distraction, but if Scolari can flick the right switch and get Drogba focused, they could yet claim the crown that eluded them so agonisingly last season.

Anelka's stealth and pace can do the trick on foreign soil, but when Chelsea were frustrated at Stamford Bridge in defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, it called out for the bombast the absent Drogba would have provided.

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Very well put. Who could possibly disagree with that.

All Chelsea fans want to love the bloke and we all know how awesome he can be. If he could lose the attitude and be focused all the time, he is without doubt one of the very best there is.

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Last night proved why I hate Drogba so much, he's everything we need at the moment but he's such a complete tosser. He doesn't want to be here and he doesn't actually like being here. Drogba is bigger and better than Chelsea so for my sins I don't like him. Regretably we need him at the moment because the squad is so light but I'd like nothing more than to do well without him being involved.

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for the first time in a long time i actually found myself detesting a chelsea player last night. obviously ive been pissed off at players playing poorly over the years, but i actually really dislike drogba and would be happy to see him go. for those saying look what weve missed, well weve missed him because he was a pillock and got a ban when we really needed him. then we have the will he wont he crap over him staying or going every couple of months. love him as a player, f**king hate him as a person.....

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dkw, I totally agree and that celebration of his goal was almost as bad and Ger 'National Traitor' rard celebrating scoring for England in my eyes.

id forgotten about the celebreation, what was that shushing sh*t all about? the only person who needs to keep his gob shut is drogba himself.

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Last night proved why I hate Drogba so much, he's everything we need at the moment but he's such a complete tosser. He doesn't want to be here and he doesn't actually like being here. Drogba is bigger and better than Chelsea so for my sins I don't like him. Regretably we need him at the moment because the squad is so light but I'd like nothing more than to do well without him being involved.

In the words of the commentator last night................. "Drogba. He is an OX". Good comment but I'd also add on his day he is the all-round best centre-forward in the world. No-one that I've seen over the last couple of years, with the arguable exception of Torres, comes even close.

Now I can understand why people don't like Drogba as a person but wanting him out because of that, or hating him as a player? Well there I'm really left scratching my head. Especially when it's Chelsea fans. But then Chelsea fans can be a bit contradictory. The same people who detest Drogba are invariably the very same who worshipped, (and indeed still revere), our previous centre-forward. A man like Drogba who scored goals. But a man who also fell over far too much, generally strolled around the pitch like he was on holiday, never won a tackle in his life, gobbed off to the press when it suited his needs, moaned at his team-mates more than any player I have ever seen, helped us win bugger all during his time at Chelsea and practically swam to Barcelona when there was a rumour they were interested. And yet despite all that, that man, for some peculiar reason, is often referred to by many Blues fans as a "Chelsea Legend"!!!!!!! Indeed look not two posts above this one and you'll see one regular contributor to these forums who even has the bloke as his avatar.

It's interesting at this point to contrast many Chelsea fan's views on Drogba with the majority of Man U fan's opinions on Ronaldo.

Now, as we all know, during the summer Ronnie did everything in his power, (bar chaining himself to Sir Matt Busby's statue and burning a mancs shirt), to engineer a move away from the Theatre of Muppets. At the end of it all he was, to all intents and purposes, practically forced to stay at the club by Old Red Nose and the United board. For how long we don't know. But made to stay he was. God if you were a Red wouldn't that stick in your throat? And yet watch any United game since his return and look at the support and hero-worship he gets from those Manc fans. The vast, over-whelming majority still love him. Why? Well probably because they realise that he is one of the best players in the world and a huge reason why United are currently so successful. And perhaps they also realise that if they want that success to continue, then having Ronnie in their team is far more preferable to having him in one of their rival's teams.

Never thought I'd ever have to say this, but maybe some of us could learn a bit from those Manc fans.

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From what I saw, Drogba got nothing but cheers when he came on last night, and was applauded off as well. I don't think the shhing celebration was aimed at the Chelsea fans, but doubters in general (it was a fantastic goal). If he keeps scoring like that, he can celebrate how he likes.

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Speaking of his celebration last night, what was up the finger thing? He seemed to waggle his finger at someone. At first I thought he did it at the linesman because he might have been protesting and offside call or something, but apparently that wasn't the case.

So why did he waggle his finger?

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Now, as we all know, during the summer Ronnie did everything in his power, (bar chaining himself to Sir Matt Busby's statue and burning a mancs shirt), to engineer a move away from the Theatre of Muppets. At the end of it all he was, to all intents and purposes, practically forced to stay at the club by Old Red Nose and the United board. For how long we don't know. But made to stay he was. God if you were a Red wouldn't that stick in your throat? And yet watch any United game since his return and look at the support and hero-worship he gets from those Manc fans. The vast, over-whelming majority still love him. Why? Well probably because they realise that he is one of the best players in the world and a huge reason why United are currently so successful. And perhaps they also realise that if they want that success to continue, then having Ronnie in their team is far more preferable to having him in one of their rival's teams.

Never thought I'd ever have to say this, but maybe some of us could learn a bit from those Manc fans.

Just, no disagreement on any of this, but I would say from my limited view of manc fan boards like this one that they take the same tack on Ronaldo that we do on Drogba

They recognize his greatness, defend him in the press, cheer his goals, etc etc, but not for one minute do they trust him, and I dont think they will ever love him like they used to.

I cant speak of any of the JFH stuff because, while he was a frustrating player, and his play was questionable by some standards, I dont recall him disrespecting the club quite the same way Drogba has in the press. That is something I just cannot forget, and since he never really asked for an apology (only admitted that he wanted to stay) then I havent really forgiven either. In JFH's day, Chelsea were a perennial UEFA cup calibre side, good but not elite. Many players have been lured by the bigtime in Spain, and (as Ronaldo's case shows) that can sometimes be as tempting as any top club in England

For all his great ability and fabulous goals, he seems to have been wed more to our former manager than the club that pays his wages. If his heart and mind are elsewhere, he can follow them, but it is undeniable that at the moment we need a player of his ability, and surely he needs us too, given the mire his career has become stuck in

I think its natural as a fan to keep your loyalties and emotions regarding certain players guarded. Especially this day in age

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Thing is, we do this every month or so and no one is going to change anyone else's minds, (which is fair enough).

I don't think anyone will dispute how good a football player Didier is and how much we need a player like him in our squad/team. I also don't think anyone would ever consider not cheering him and supporting him whenever he plays, as lasts night's rousing reception showed. On the pitch, he's Chelsea, simple as that.

Where we differ is that for some, me included, his off pitch persona, antics and general disrespect to the club, detract so much from his on-pitch contributions, that ideally, we would rather he was not here any more. Just, you mention Torres as perhaps the only other striker who is currently in his league, and I would agree, but the big difference is that Fernando keeps his mouth shut, lets his football do the talking, and thus far has shown none of the celebrity ego that has turned so many against Didier.

For others, all of the above is irrelevant as long as he keeps performing on the pitch. There is no doubt that he puts in a huge shift whenever he pulls on the blue shirt, and I fully respect that point of view. In fact, I wish I could share it, but sadly the swagger, arrogance and lack of respect that the guy shows to the club that has allowed him to play on the biggest stages in world football means I simply can't bring myself to do so.

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as others have said, i cant remember jimmy ever showing the club and us fans any disrespect the entire time he was here. the fact that he moaned on the pitch and at times was pretty rubbish has absolutely nothing to do with mine or others feelings towards drogba. answer me this just, are you ok with the way drogba has acted over the last 2 years with him constantly in the news saying he wants to leave? or the fact that hes never really apologised for his ridiculous red card in the final? or apologiesd for going missing due to a suspension for a bloody stupid reaction when we most needed another striker? and the fact ive got jimmys pic as my avatar doesnt mean i hero worshipped the guy, in fact i used to get very pissed of with his contribution at times. its just a fun pic.

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Jimmy did make an extended song and dance about wanting to leave when he thought he had a genuine chance of joining Barcelona. He also regularly strolled around the pitch contributing next to nothing if he wasn't in the goals and whenever things didn't work out 100% for him he regularly blamed his team mates openly on the pitch.

Neither Jimmy or Drogba are exactly fine specimens of 'Chelsea legends' and I will remember neither of them as one.

I don't like Didier one bit but whilst he is on our payroll I expect him to put in nothing but 100% effort and in fairness to him that is exactly what he gives - the same couldn't be said for Jimmy.

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Loz, as always, a very fair reflection from you. But I'm afraid when it comes to the Jimmy/Drogba comparision so many people have short memories and big blue, Jimmy-tinted specs. Never disrespected our club or put himself first!! Christ, look back to what was, at the time, the biggest game in our history. The semi-final 2nd leg of the Champion's League. At home against Monaco. A game we had to win. After the first leg the whole of the build-up to that second game was about Jimmy. All of it totally manufactured by him.

Jimmy in the press saying "I've got to play", "I can't be left out" etc. etc. You couldn't pick up a paper without reading some comment from either him or his agent. And lo and behold Ranieri crumbled under the pressure and dropped an in-form, goal-scoring Hernan Crespo, (who had also got our goal in the first leg), for Jimbo the Ledge who, after missing a sitter in the first three minutes or so, proceeded to do did his best impression of a concrete bollard for the rest of the game!

Now I couldn't have cared less that off the pitch, (by all accounts), he was a bloody nice bloke with a big wide smile. Couldn't give a toss. I measured him on what he did on the pitch in a blue shirt and, goal ratio apart, that was normally next to nothing. I also measured him against the overall contribution of his peers at that time. Owen, Shearer, Henry, Van Nistlerooy. And Jimmy came up short every single time.

Is it simply coincidence that after Jimmy was shown the door we went on to have the most succesful spell in our histroy? Is it simply coincidence that in Drogba's first season, (a season when, if you listen to many misguided fan's opinions, Drogba was allegedly a hinderance rather than a help), we scored a then record number of goals from midfielders and defenders? If I may, I'll answer that. NO!!!! It wasn't. Because we suddenly had a centre-forward who despite the falling over, mis-controlling of the ball and moaning at the officials, (the officials mind. Not his own team-mates!), was a right bloody handful. A real physical presence. A centre-forward who more than made up for what he in lacked in subtlety with determination and a frightening work ethic. A centre-forward with guts who wasn't scared to go in where it hurt. A centre-forward who was our first line of defence. A centre-forward who gave us an aerial threat. A centre-forward who at long last could hold the ball up long enough to allow others to get forward and feed off him. For anyone who was really watching, Drogba did all those things. And in the process he helped us win our first top division title for 50 years.

Despite having a ticket and having paid for and booked the flights and hotel a good while back, I couldn't make the Bordeaux away game the other week. I'm rather glad I didn't. Five of my mates went. Speaking to a couple of them on their return they both told me Drogba got absolute dog's abuse from his own fans when he was warming up. "F8*k Off Drogba". Piss off to Inter you c8*t". All the usual witty repartee. They reckoned he looked visably shaken by it. I can well believe it. I sit in my seat in the Shed Upper and regularly hear Drogba slagged off by his own fans. It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Some Chelsea fans really do deserve to go another 26 years without winning a bean and having a fat, lazy no:9 strolling about in a Blue shirt doing bugger all. Maybe if Drogba comes back with another club and scores against us but doesn't celebrate, some people will finally give him the bit of kudos and recognition that he righly deserves. After all, isn't that all you have to do to become a Chelsea Legend nowadays?

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