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Mar 18, 2011

Drogba unsure of Chelsea future

Didier Drogba insists he is happy with Carlo Ancelotti's rotation policy but admits it will be "very interesting" to see how his contract talks pan out at the end of the season.

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Speculation about Drogba, 33, has been rife since the arrival of Fernando Torres, which was believed by some to herald the beginning of the end of the Ivorian's six-and-a-half-year Stamford Bridge career.

Drogba's contract expires next year and it is unclear whether he or Chelsea intend to extend it.

"It will be very interesting to see what happens in May,'' Drogba said. "Then we can sit and speak about it and have a coffee.''

The £50 million signing of Torres saw Drogba lose his automatic place in the side, while he has also struggled to strike up an understanding with his new team-mate when they have played together. Drogba admitted intially struggling to accept no longer being top dog, but insisted he quickly came to accept manager Carlo Ancelotti's policy of rotating his forwards.

"It wasn't easy the first week but that's normal,'' he said. "Today, I know that we're doing this for the best of the team. The team is more competitive. Everybody talks a lot about my future but I'm enjoying it and I'm happy to be here.''

It was Torres' turn to be rotated in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 second leg against FC Copenhagen, with Drogba starting alongside Nicolas Anelka.

"We have a lot of strikers but I can't complain, I'm not the only one,'' Drogba said. "Salomon Kalou is not playing, (Florent) Malouda is not playing, sometimes Anelka, sometimes me, Nando. I think it's good for the team. A team like Chelsea must have a lot of players to achieve a lot in a year.''

Drogba revealed he was "really happy'' with Ancelotti's explanation for the rotation policy.

"Communication is important - communication is what makes a player feel profitable in every situation,'' said the forward, who has failed to find the net in his last nine games.

His latest blank came against Copenhagen but a goalless draw was enough to seal Chelsea's place in the quarter-finals ahead of Friday's draw. They have already gone further than last year, when they lost to eventual winners Inter Milan but Drogba admitted a semi-final spot was the minimum requirement for Ancelotti's men.

"For a team like Chelsea, we have to be, minimum, in the semi-final every year,'' said Drogba, who has played in all but one of the Blues' five semi appearances in the last seven years. "You need to keep trying. I think it's little details in the Champions League, it's all about details and also we need a little bit of luck to win it. We didn't have it in the last final but you have to do everything to have luck on your side. Hopefully, this time we're going to do it.''

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