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Drogba stresses Blues commitment

March 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Didier Drogba insists he no longer has any interest in leaving Chelsea.

Didier Drogba
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Drogba, who joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, indicated on numerous occasions during his early career at Stamford Bridge that he would consider moving on.

In 2007, on a DVD released in France, Drogba claimed he had not wanted to leave Marseille for the Blues. "I was disgusted," he said. "I realised that signing for Chelsea was disgusting."

He also announced his desire to leave the club in the wake of Jose Mourinho's departure.

However, he has more recently spoken of his happiness in West London and, although the arrival of Fernando Torres has led to speculation Drogba will return to Marseille in the summer, he has made clear he has no intention of moving on.

"I have everything I could dream of at Chelsea," he told French TV channel Orange Sport. "I am at a great club, with amazing team-mates, with a perfect living environment for my family.

"Some years ago I could have said, 'I dream to play at AC Milan, Real, or Manchester United', but nowadays I don't feel such desire anymore. I am at one of the best clubs in the world. Those desires have been gone for a while."

Drogba, who turns 33 this month, is under contract with Chelsea until June 2012.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated that he has no plans to coach Roma for the foreseeable future.

Echoing his comments to La Repubblica last week, Ancelotti told Extra Time: "I am very happy in London. I have another year on my contract and I intend to stay here.

"Coaching la Magica has always been my wish. I have expressed it many times, but it doesn't mean that it has to happen tomorrow."

Asked what would happen if he were to lose his job at Chelsea, he replied: "It means that I would be a tourist for a year."