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Didier Drogba inspired by Chelsea manager speech

Didier Drogba admitted manager Jose Mourinho's half-time pep talk inspired Chelsea to put one hand on the Premier League title.

Mourinho gave his Chelsea players a rocket at half-time. Credit: PA

They will win the league with victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday following a 3-1 success at Leicester on Wednesday.

But Chelsea needed a half-time rallying call to come from behind following a sloppy first half and Marc Albrighton's opener at the King Power Stadium.

Drogba, who levelled just three minutes after the break, said:

A lot of things (were said), a few things you don't want to hear but a few things which were very good for us to hear.

You could see in the second half there was a change, a reaction, and that was the goal of the speech, to create a reaction. It's important to show the way and show reactions and I'm really happy I managed to do it.

The game didn't look good in the first half, the way we played and started. We are really happy with three good goals, we played very well in the second half.

– Chelsea striker Didier Drogba speaking to Chelsea TV

Chelsea striker Drogba plans to play another season

Didier Drogba started on Sunday. Credit: PA

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba intends to carry on playing next season, dismissing suggestions of retirement.

The 37-year-old is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge after returning last summer following two years away.

Asked if he had decided on his future, Drogba said: "Yes I have and it's not going to be my last season."

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Striker Drogba wants to stay with Chelsea for long-term

Didier Drogba says he doesn't want to leave Chelsea in the summer when his contract expires.

It is thought the Ivorian will be offered the chance to take up a coaching role at Stamford Bridge when his playing days come to an end.

Didier Dorgba Credit: PA

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

Drogba added: "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."

Drogba transfer to Chelsea probed in France

Droba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004. Credit: Reuters

The transfer which brought Didier Droga to Chelsea more than ten years ago is being investigated by French police, who are also looking into Samir Nasri's move from the same club to Arsenal in 2008.

Drogba officially joined Chelsea from Marseille for £28.8m in 2004, although it's alleged the French club only received £26.3m for the striker, who has since left and rejoined the Premier League leaders.

Marseille president Vincent Labourne was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the purchase of striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in 2010, with authorities also suspicious over how money was distributed in his move from Toulouse.

Drogba defiant after Turkish FA's 'Mandela vest threat'

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba responded to reports that he may be fined by the Turkish FA for displaying a shirt that read "thank you Madiba" by saying "if I had to, I would do it again and again."

Both he and fellow Galatasaray and Ivory Coast teammate Emmanuel Eboue revealed vests paying tribute to Nelson Mandela following the Turkish club's 2-0 win on Friday evening.

The Turkish FA are reportedly threatening to fine the pair because they did not seek permission to wear the shirts.

The Ivory Coast striker said on his Drogba Foundation Twitter page: "Not because of political beliefs - this man (Mandela) inspired me, a country, a continent, the world! Thanks again Madiba."

Former newspaper editor Piers Morgan said he would "happily pay" any fine Drogba might be given by the Turkish FA.

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Ferdinand looks forward to playing against Drogba's team

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted that he was looking forward to playing against Didier Drogba's team this summer, who earlier confirmed that he had joined Shanghai Shenhua.

Drogba: 'I am looking forward to a new challenge'

I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time.

I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League.

When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans.

I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.

– DIDIER DROGBA

Drogba joins Shanghai Shenhua

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed that he has signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Chelsea's Didier Drogba after the Champions League Final - his last game for Chelsea. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Ivorian will be joining the same club as former teammate Nicolas Anelka.

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