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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Drogba and Malouda happy to stay at Bridge

Chelsea team-mates Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda insist they have no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge.

Drogba, whose contract runs out in 2010, has consistently been linked with a move away from the club during a frustrating campaign which has seen him score just twice in the Premier League.

Injury delayed the Ivory Coast striker's start to the season and his attempts to return to his best have been plagued by suspension and poor form.

However, Drogba has returned to something like his old form following Guus Hiddink's arrival as coach and he insists he is enjoying life at Chelsea.

"Many things are said and written," he told Rennes daily Ouest-France. "For us, from the moment where a contract is signed, the aim is to honour it until the end.

"The nearer someone gets to the end of his contract, the more speculation there is about him. It's kind of normal.

"We mustn't forget also that the English league is the best. We are European 'vice-champions' behind Manchester United, who only won the (Champions League) final on penalties. It's difficult for things to be better."

Malouda is also adamant he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge after finally finding his feet at the club.

Malouda failed to settle in his debut season and was linked with a swift exit after joining the Blues from Lyon for 13.5million in July 2007, signing a four-year deal.

But the France winger has been a revelation this season and insists he has no desire to head for the exit.

"My wish is to remain here," he said. "I express myself little on the subject, so inevitably, they sometimes make out that I've said something I haven't.

"The day I wanted to leave a club, I never omitted to say so openly, as was the case at Lyon.

"Moreover, I left OL for a better club. That's the case here. I am in a team that allows me to close in on my aims. Last year we were really close to the Champions League so I'm aiming to go even further."




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