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I have two years left - Drogba


Didier Drogba. Photo: Getty Images

Didier Drogba. Photo: Getty Images

Didier Drogba. Photo: Getty Images

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)

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