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Cote d’Ivoire: Di Matteo wants Drogba to remain at Chelsea

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The Ivorian’s contract is set to run out at the end of this season with him reportedly turning down a one-year deal offered by Chelsea as well as interest from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua . But Di Matteo feels there would be stiff competition from other clubs.

“Didier’s fit and he is certainly capable of playing in the Premier League for Chelsea, or someone else next year,” Di Matteo told reporters.

“He could do it for another couple of years at this level. He won’t retire."

Di Matteo remains unsure whether the Ivory Coast international will remain at Stamford Bridge for the rest of his career but feels the striker is already part of the club’s history.

"Whether he’ll be here or elsewhere, I don’t know," Di Matteo said.

"He’s part of the history of this club, like many players, and always will be. But the final decision is for the club to take.”

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