Chelsea F.C. captain John Terry wants the club to offer Didier Drogba a new deal in the summer.
The Ivorian striker, who has tallied seven goals and two assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for the Blues in 2014/15, is out of a contract at the end of the season.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season,” Terry said. “He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field.
“He’s been great because he’s had to be patient. Ideally he would have liked a bit more game-time. But Diego Costa hit the ground running, scoring a lot of goals.
“Didier’s experience and the way he speaks before the games, after defeats when you’re down and you need an old head to help.
“At times we’ve been worried after defeats and he’s said that it happens and we’ll bounce back and be alright. When you hear that from someone like him, everyone takes it on board.”
With Diego Costa still sidelined due to injury, Drogba could start the Blues’ final three English Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.
However, with the title in the bag, Jose Mourinho could instead opt to give highly-rated 18-year-old striker Izzy Brown his first-team debut.
Moxey: It will be difficult to keep Sako
Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey has admitted it will be difficult for the club to keep free agent Bakary Sako this summer.
The Mali international, whose current deal is set to expire in June, is reportedly attracting interest from Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, and it seems increasingly likely he will leave Molineux in the summer months.
“Every fan knows the pull of the Premier League,” Moxey said. “We’re talking about monies now which are so out of the stratosphere that no Championship club can compete with any Premier League club when it comes to a like-for-like financial basis.
“Sako has been a fantastic servant and we’ll be talking to him shortly. We’ll see what he wants to do. We want to keep him but as a free agent when the Premier League comes calling you have to be realistic.”
When asked about the reported interest from Albion and Villa, Sako said: “They’re both interested but there are other Premier League clubs as well.”
The 27-year-old added: “I have some offers from the Premier League and some from abroad, but I want to play in the Premier League.”
Since arriving in the West Midlands from Saint Etienne in August 2012, Sako has scored 36 goals in 118 league appearances for Wolves.