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Grant: Chelsea need ''one of the best'' Drogba

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has said that the club should keep hold of striker Didier Drogba, despite his behaviour after the Blues lost to Barcelona last week.

The Ivorian has long been linked with a move away from the club and Chelsea have announced that they will be clearing a number of players out this summer, with Drogba favourite to go following his outburst at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the end of last week's Champions League semi-final.

Drogba would fetch a decent sum, but Grant is convinced they should do everything in their power to keep Drogba despite his growing reputation as a liability.

Grant said: "He's one of the best strikers in the world and belongs to Chelsea. When I went there they told me about Drogba and he was excellent when he wasn't injured.

"After the Barcelona game, he apologised straight afterwards. Sometimes you need to understand people - even when you don't agree with their behaviour."

Grant, out of work since being sacked by Blues' billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, revealed he has been offered at least one chance of returning to the English top flight - probably with Portsmouth.

He said: "It's no secret that I love the Premier League. I have a few options and the Premier League is certainly one of them."

Grant, in London to attend the Soccerex conference at Wembley, said he was still upset at being shown the door by Chelsea at the end of last season.

He said: "I have said it once and I'll say it again - every month we got better and better and then reached the Champions League final for the first time in Chelsea's history. Of course I wanted to stay.

"I felt very disappointed because I had a long-term plan and there was unfinished business."

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