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Chinese whispers, but Drogba says he wants to stay at Chelsea


Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge despite rumours of a move to China.

The 33-year-old, who joined Chelsea in 2004, has been linked with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, where former Blues team-mate Nicolas Anelka now plays.

But Drogba said: "I'm really happy where I am. I belong to Chelsea. For me, that's what matters. If I'm playing, if I'm not playing, it's the manager who decides and I have to respect that. Everyone knows I want to stay in blue and everybody knows I love the club and the fans."

Anelka signed a two-year deal to play in the Chinese Super League in December. In his first news conference with his new club, the Frenchman said: "I hope Drogba will come. I'm in contact with him very often and if all goes well, we could see him in Shanghai."

Drogba, who is 34 next month, arrived at Stamford Bridge from Marseille for a reported £24m and in his first season helped the team win the Premier League and League Cup.

The Ivory Coast international collected another Premier League winner's medal the following season and has also won three FA Cups, another League Cup and a third league title with the Blues.

However, the club are without a trophy since their Premier League success in 2010 and have struggled to make headway in the league in Andre Villas-Boas's first season.

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, meanwhile, has been appointed manager of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The 65-year-old former Russia boss has agreed a contract until the end of the 2012-13 season with the big-spending club, who had been linked with ex-England coach Fabio Capello.