Dropped Drogba left to sulk with the kids
Thursday 15 January 2009
Didier Drogba had to suffer the ignominy of training with the Chelsea academy players yesterday with the player privately claiming that he has been victimised by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the club's run of poor form.
The 30-year-old striker was left out of the squad for the trip to Southend having started Chelsea's three previous games. The club maintain that he must buckle down and concentrate on regaining his form of last season. In reality, however, both sides are locked in a stalemate in which Drogba wants out but no club are prepared to meet Chelsea's £15m valuation.
The Chelsea assistant first team coach Ray Wilkins denied that Drogba's relationship with Scolari had broken down. "I wouldn't have thought so," he said. "From what I have seen on the training pitch it doesn't point to the fact that they are at breaking point."
For his part Drogba believes he has been unfairly singled out after Chelsea's poor performance against Manchester United on Sunday. Despite the fact that he did not travel with the squad on Tuesday night he was still required to be at the training ground yesterday. Drogba has been outspoken in interviews already this season, complaining that Scolari will not pick him alongside Nicolas Anelka.
It was a similar scenario in the summer when Drogba's wish to leave was not balanced by any offers from clubs that came close to persuading Chelsea to do a deal. There was interest from the likes of Milan and Internazionale but nothing serious. He will be sold in the summer regardless, not least because he will be a free agent in 2010.
There is no chance of Chelsea disposing of the player this season and there is every chance that he will figure again soon.
Latest in Sport
Ashley Cole and Luke Shaw rise to the bait to deny they are the rumoured 'gay England footballer'
Arsenal 4 Everton 1 match report: Revitalised Mesut Özil breathes life into Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: Is Wayne Rooney really in Robin van Persie’s way at United?
Robin van Persie: Manchester United manager David Moyes a 'little bit surprised' after striker plays 90 minutes for Netherlands day after being sick
Chelsea v Tottenham: Tim Sherwood claims the pressure is off as Spurs look to end dreadful record at Stamford Bridge
- 1 To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists
- 2 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’