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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Drogba determined to prove his worth

Soccernet staff

Didier Drogba is determined to win back his place in the Chelsea first team despite increasing speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivorian striker, axed from coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's last two squads, is expected to return for their FA Cup fourth round tie against Championship side Ipswich on Saturday.

Drogba's future was again under scrutiny after with speculation that he could be offloaded to Manchester City as part of an audacious Chelsea move to land unhappy Brazilian Robinho.

However, the 30-year-old feels he is in top form and wants another chance to show he is still one of Europe's leading strikers.

"I've not played for the last two matches and I'm in a hurry to return to my best level and be a first-team regular again," he said. "If you look back to last May, I've been out for four to six months and it has been very difficult for me.

"But now I feel in top form. I know what I am capable of doing and the real satisfaction for me is that my knee is completely right."

Meanwhile, Branislav Ivanovic's agent, Vlado Borozan, also claims that Hughes wants to buy the Serbian international defender.

Defender Ivanovic is reduced to being a squad player when captain John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho are both fit.

Borozan also revealed that Chelsea have allegedly rejected a 15m offer from AC Milan for his client.

Borozan said: "There is something going on with Manchester City, but Chelsea already refused a 15m offer from AC Milan."

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