Chelsea to keep Drogba but sell Anelka
Published 23:01 30/05/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich wants to keep Didier Drogba - but Nicolas Anelka faces the Stamford Bridge exit.
The Blues' Russian ruler is fielding interest in veteran hitman Drogba personally in the absence of either a manager or director of football at the club - but his preference is to keep the long-serving star.
But the word from the top at Chelsea is that Drogba will be kept on Abramovich's orders - so the next coach will have to work out how the Ivorian and Fernando Torres can play together.
French star Anelka looks to be the dressing-room fall-guy for the club's failure to land a trophy in the past season and will be sold if the right bid comes in.
Anelka has had a successful spell at Chelsea, but his days as a first-choice striker are over. While he may be prepared to go, his wages will intimidate likely bidders.
Abramovich knows there are some big issues to be solved in his side's attack for next season following the record capture of Torres.
Chelsea hope to have a boss installed in the next 10 days - with Guus Hiddink the main target and Redknapp the alternative - and there is also the question of bids for Sergio Aguero and Brazilian Neymar to be put to bed.
England Under-21 ace Daniel Sturridge also needs to know where he stands, with Bolton already in talks about taking him back for a second spell on loan.