Didier Drogba eager to remain at Chelsea

 

Didier Drogba repeated his desire to stay at Chelsea for "as long as possible" after their historic Champions League comeback against Napoli but insisted: "I am not master of my destiny".

Drogba proved last night that, even at the age of 34, he was still the Blues' main man, opening the scoring in their thrilling 4-1 extra-time win at Stamford Bridge.

The striker currently looks set to leave the club - seemingly for a lucrative payday in China - when his contract expires at the end of the season following failed negotiations over a new deal.

But he admitted last night's 5-4 aggregate success made him want to stay put even more.

He told Canal+: "I am not master of my fate, but I will stay as long as possible.

"I am happy here, to experience moments like these. I hope there will be many others."

Chelsea became only the fourth team in 45 attempts to overturn a first leg deficit of two goals or more, belying the predictions that last night would be the likes of Drogba's final Champions League outing for the club.

The Ivorian said: "Many have said that it was my last game, but the adventure continues.

"It has been a long time since I have seen a Chelsea like this."

Indeed, the Blues have come under heavy criticism for their performances this season, which led to the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas almost two weeks ago.

Midfielder Frank Lampard, who also scored last night, said: "The only way to answer it is to win games and play well and we've done that.

"It was an amazing night here. I've had some very good nights here in the Champions League at home and this one goes straight in right at the top because being 3-1 down against a quality team and performing like we did was a great feeling."

Lampard, whose fractious relationship with Villas-Boas was also arguably a factor in the Portuguese's downfall, insisted last night's win would mean nothing if Chelsea failed to qualify for next season's Champions League.

He said: "It needs to be a real step forward for us in the Premier League as well.

"We need to enjoy the fact that we're still in the Champions League but we need to make sure we carry that form into our league games."

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