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Drogba’s new deal a great sign

TheChelseaBlog has already run one opinion on Didier Drogba’s new deal this morning. However, since this blog isn’t so up it’s own arse to believe there’s only one side to a story, and because there’s a lot of different opinions out there all equally entitled to be heard, here’s another way of looking at it…… 

Didier Drogba was a big fan of Jose Mourinho. As such, he excelled when the now Inter Milan boss was at Stamford Bridge. Then, he put up with Avram Grant as manager and performed respectively.

Stay with me on this. Next up was Luiz Felipe Scolari who Drogba clearly didn’t see eye to eye with. As a result, his performances dipped, his attitude was poor and his availability for selection became less frequent.

When Guus Hiddink took over though, Drogba was a new man. He was working extremely hard for the cause again and started looking like he did in the Mourinho days. Basically, it highlighted the fact that Drogba is far more effective when he gets on and has faith in the manager at Stamford Bridge.

With this in mind, the news that he has signed a new three-year deal at the club has to be greeted with delight by Chelsea fans. It means that it’s a safe football bet that he is happy with the way Carlo Ancelotti is going about things, meaning that he is likely to be somewhere near his best come the start of the season. That’s the theory anyway.

It is also extremely refreshing to see a player of Drogba’s profile be loyal to a club that he clearly enjoys playing for. So often in football these days, players are searching for the next challenge or the next big signing-on fee.

The Ivory Coast striker has unfinished business with Chelsea though. Speaking about his ambitions, he said that his ‘number one objective is to win the Champions League’, something he is ‘convinced’ that Chelsea can do this season.

So, Drogba is clearly in a positive frame of mind ahead of the new campaign. This should bode extremely well for how he performs in a Chelsea shirt. When he is in the mood, he is the most unstoppable striker in the Premier League and the most influential front man you could possibly find.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he gets off to a flier this season and bags plenty of goals early on. He will look at the fixtures that Chelsea have first up (Hull, Sunderland, Fulham, Burnley and Stoke) and believe that he can hit the ground running.

Upon signing his new deal, Drogba described his ‘love affair’ with Chelsea and the fans will be hoping that he can express this love by scoring the goals to fire Ancelotti’s men to some significant silverware come the end of the season.


By Thomas Rooney



Blue is the colour is an honest insight to the World of Chelsea FC. Not always pretty, sometimes rather cynical, but always realistic.


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