didier Drogba remains confident he can play at the highest level for at least two more years.
However, the reluctance of Chelsea's hierarchy to hand the Ivorian anything more than a 12-month contract extension is likely to mean the 33-year-old will be forced to leave the club this summer.
The former Marseille forward has four goals in his last four games, including a crucial double strike against Valencia.
But neither Andre Villas-Boas -- who is conscious of the need to reduce his squad's average age -- nor the club's hierarchy, who have to reduce the club's wage bill to comply with Uefa's looming Financial Fair Play regulations, are as yet prepared to offer him the two-year deal he craves.
With Drogba not prepared to contemplate the compromise of a short-term offer, the impasse over his contract is yet to be bridged.
"I hope I have got at least a couple of years left in me," said the striker.
"I started late. I was 25 when I played my first Champions League games. I feel happy, I feel good on the pitch, I really enjoy my football."
Meanwhile, Drogba's clubmate Nicolas Anelka is believed to have agreed terms with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua .
Anelka, along with Brazilian defender Alex -- a £2m target for Juventus -- has been exiled to train with the youth team by Villas-Boas after he suggested the pair's "mindset" was not in line with the rest of his squad. (© Independent News Service)