Drogba wants to remain at Chelsea beyond the end of the season

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London:  Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge last summer following spells with Shanghai and Galatasaray, and he hopes that this summer does not mark the end of his 11-year association with the club.

“When you have achieved so much and won so many trophies like we have done in the past 10 years, that creates something special,” he said.

“I hope, and the club makes me believe, I am part of this big family, so we are going to find the best thing for both of us to promote the club in the best way.

“When I left this club (the first time), I was saying that I had done everything I wanted to do, but I think now that I did not do everything, I think there is more to do. I love this club and would love to be part of this club for the future, with the new players.

“I am really proud for this award, in the list of previous winners there are a lot of players whom I really respect and grew up trying to reach there level, so for me this is a great honour. When I came to England, things were difficult, there was the language barrier and culture change.

“With time, we managed to learn more from each other and today I am really happy that the football writers not only understand me a lot on the pitch, but have also helped me with my foundation work.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who first signed Drogba from Marseille for £24m in 2004, believes he is the best signing he has made for the club during his two spells in charge.

He said: “Throughout my career, I have always refused to say which is my favourite player or the best person, because so many have given soul and blood to play and to fight with me, but if I have to choose one who represents all the good things you want in a player and a man, I think in this moment I would choose Didier.”

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