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Chelsea’s representatives told to find a new club for star striker

| 19.04.2011

Didier Drogba’s Chelsea exit is probably the worst kept secret in Premier League football but it may come as a surprise to some people that Didier Drogba is being forced out of Chelsea.

Chelsea have alerted many of football’s top agents to the availability of Didier Drogba as they look to get rid of their star striker in favour of Fernando Torres who is still yet to score for Chelsea.

Just a week ago Ladbrokes had offered a football specials betting market on who would not be at Chelsea for the start of the season and having opened at 11/10, Drogba was backed into 4/5 to stay at the club.

Reports suggest Drogba is very happy at Chelsea and is willing to stay and fight Fernando Torres for a place in Chelsea’s starting eleven, and it’s sure to come as a surprise to the Ivorian that Chelsea are already preparing to let him go.

In what looks almost certain to be a trophyless season, Roman Abramovich has seemingly decided a clear out is needed at Chelsea and Drogba, who has 144 goals in 302 appearances for the Blues, has every right to feel a little aggrieved.

Carlo Ancelotti seems certain to follow Drogba out of the door in the summer and Guus Hiddink’s involvement in helping Abramovich find a replacement would suggest Marco van Basten (7/1) and Frank Rijkaard (9/1) are favoured to replace the Italian.

Hiddink has rejected the chance to take on the sporting director role at Chelsea after Abramovich offered it to the current Turkey manager last weekend, but it is believed Hiddink will take on the role after the 2012 European Championships.

In the meantime Abramovich will continue his search for Ancelotti’s replacement and Jose Mourinho still heads the betting at 2/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.