Drogba happy to play second fiddle at Chelsea


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Didier Drogba has promised not to walk out on Chelsea despite having fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Fernando Torres.

The 33-year-old striker said after Chelsea's goalless draw with Copenhagen on Wednesday night that he had spoken to Carlo Ancelotti about his situation and was content that he would be given enough opportunities to play this season.

He started against the Danish team in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie but Torres is expected to come back for Sunday's Premier League game against Manchester City.

Drogba, who has not scored since 24 January, said he was "enjoying" life at Chelsea. "It's a new situation," he said. "It wasn't easy the first week but that's normal. Now I know that we're doing this for the best of the team. The team is more competitive. Everybody talks a lot about my future but I'm enjoying it and I'm happy to be here.

"It's a new formation and we have a lot of strikers but I can't complain, I'm not the only one [being rotated]. Salomon Kalou is not playing, Florent Malouda is not playing, sometimes Nicolas Anelka, sometimes me. [Against Copenhagen] it was Nando [on the bench]. I think it's good for the team. A team like Chelsea must have a lot of players to achieve a lot in a year."

Asked whether he had spoken to Ancelotti about the situation, Drogba, in the last 18 months of his contract, said: "Yes, of course. It's important. The communication is important. The communication is what makes a player feel valuable in every situation. The season is not finished yet. It will be very interesting to see what happens in May. Then we can sit and speak about it."

The club's chief executive, Ron Gourlay, said that the club could spend more money in the summer despite having spent more than £70m in January on Torres and defender David Luiz. However, he added that the club still intended to produce players through the academy.

"It was always the intention to get the young guys through and develop the academy. Unfortunately we hit a period where we lost our form and Carlo decided he wanted to play with experience," he said.

"I said at the start of the season that if we needed to buy to compete – we're not going to go into any bidding wars – and if the right players become available then of course we're in a position to go into the market."