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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 16, 2008

Drogba sets 10-day deadline on Chelsea future

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will decide on his future within the next 10 days, according to his agent Thierno Seydi.

Drogba has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since launching a scathing attack on the club over the way they parted company with former coach Jose Mourinho early last season and vowing to leave.

The Ivory Coast international also did himself no favours as he was sent off in the Champions League final defeat to Manchester United at the end of the campaign.

Barcelona, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all reportedly interested in Drogba, but his agent now claims he could decide to remain at the Blues.

'Didier has given himself 10 days,' Seydi told France Football. 'If nothing happens he'll stay at Chelsea and extend his contract by two years.

'He doesn't see himself starting training in a few days with Chelsea and then leaving to a new club.

'The reality of November is not that of today. At the time Didier was affected by departure of Jose Mourinho who he was very close to.

'Today, there is nothing to say that he won't stay at Chelsea.'

Drogba has seemed destined for the Stamford Bridge exit door for months but recently looked to be reconsidering his options.

New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed at his official unveiling that Drogba was still '200% in his plans', and the Blues have reportedly offered the 30-year-old a big-money deal to remain at the club.

Meanwhile, Drogba is also aware of the Marseille fans' audacious bid to bring him back to the club he left four years ago. The supporters have launched an appeal to raise the £22million they feel is needed to buy the forward.

According to his agent, Drogba has praised the fans for their initiative but is upset they have had to resort to such a scheme.

'OM would have difficulty paying the player's transfer and salary,' added Seydi. 'The 'Drogbathon' really touched him.

'He found the initiative nice but pitiful, because that shows a bit that OM and French clubs have real difficulties in attracting great players.'

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