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Villas-Boas admits Drogba impasse

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Didier Drogba and Chelsea are not completely seeing eye-to-eye over a new contract for the powerful Ivorian forward.

At 33, Drogba is one of the elder players in Chelsea's squad, and is seen as one of the most vulnerable when Villas-Boas begins to trim the average age at the club.

Drogba has scored 95 league goals in 202 appearances for Chelsea, but his place in the starting XI is under severe pressure this season. Fernando Torres begins his first full campaign at Stamford Bridge, while Nicolas Anelka, Daniel Sturridge and imminent arrival Romelu Lukaku will all want important roles.

Drogba has entered into negotiations for a new deal, with his current agreement set to expire next year, but Villas-Boas revealed the Blues' latest offer was not totally to the veteran's liking.

"Didier knows about our offers and he has made a counter-offer," revealed the Chelsea boss. "We are evaluating some things."

The Portuguese coach also displayed a hint of frustration with the latest batch of questions surrounding a renewed bid for Tottenham's Luka Modric. Chelsea have already seen two approaches rejected, and Villas-Boas is growing tired of the situation.

"I explained to you the sense of urgency in midfield," said Villas-Boas, relating to previous comments about Chelsea's lack of midfielders. "But it doesn't mean that it's Luka. Not that I'm interested, but you have [Samir] Nasri terminating contract. He's one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and that's the reality, as well as Luka, as well as other players."


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