Drogba staying – Mourinho

Didier Drogba’s insistence that he will quit Chelsea this summer because of “all the pressure and scandals here [in England]” has met with a typically strong retort from Jose Mourinho.

“The situation is that he [Drogba] has two more years of contract with Chelsea and he is one of the players we consider not negotiable, so he has no chance to leave. He has to play for Chelsea and if he plays with happiness then fantastic because we get the best of him. If he doesn’t play with happiness, he doesn’t play. It’s his problem.”

Mourinho also reiterated that William Gallas was another player for whom a move away was “not negotiable”.

Meanwhile, Joe Cole has said he’s hopeful of signing his new deal at Stamford Bridge before the World Cup gets underway.

“There is no way I want to leave Chelsea. The contract talks are going well. I’ve talked to Peter Kenyon and I believe we want the same things. It’s not about money. That part of the contract is done, but there are still a few things to be sorted out.”