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By ESPN Staff

Drogba fires Premiership warning

Chelsea's Didier Drogba's has set himself the goal of becoming the best striker in the country this season.

The Ivory Coast has undergone a remarkable transformation for the current campaign having looked like he would be heading out of Stamford Bridge in the summer after some poor displays.

He is the Premier League's joint top scorer with eight goals and has comfortably outshone £30million close-season signing Andrei Shevchenko.

'All my rivals respect me and that can only be good for Chelsea,' said Drogba, who signed a new four-year contract a month ago.

'Deciding to stay at Chelsea and my experience in the World Cup means that my aim is not to waste a single goal opportunity.

'I want to finish this season recognised as the best striker in the country.

'I may be playing well but you haven't seen the best of me yet. I intend to become infallible in the penalty area.

'I am in the best form of my life but still want to do even better for Chelsea.

'My aim is for us to win the Champions League and for me to score the most goals.

'That ambition burns very strongly because I want to forget my personal frustration of last season.

'Many times I thought about leaving, but I am a warrior, so that was impossible.

'One thing I am sure of - Chelsea will win the Premiership again.

'Our (1-1) draw at Old Trafford last week has stopped all the euphoria there. Although the title race is more even this time, we will be top again.'

The £24m striker had problems of his own settling in and so he knows what Shevchenko is going through but Drogba believes manager Jose Mourinho must keep picking the Ukraine international for the good of the team.

'Andrei is the key to my success,' he told the News of the World.

'Without him defenders search for me all over the field, but with him in the side I have more freedom.

'I am not the coach but I would not leave him out.'