Didier Drogba
Chelsea's Didier Drogba Reuters

Chelsea's long-serving Ivorian target man, Didier Drogba, has been the subject of much speculation in recent seasons.

The 34-year-old forward, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has often been linked with moves away... both because of his own reported desire to force the move, citing discontent at Stamford Bridge and rumours that he (along with other senior players) could be the subject of a mass clear-out as the Blues look to regain title-winning credentials.

However, following the club's superb comeback against Italian outfit Napoli, in the second leg of their Champions League tie, Drogba is singing a different tune.

The Blues went into the match on Wednesday trailing 1-3 from the first leg and needing a win of truly impressive proportions. Their opponents, acclaimed as one of the most dynamic and exciting teams in Europe this season, had completely outclassed them in the first leg.

Roberto Di Matteo's men, however, delivered exactly the kind of win they needed - they won 4-1 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, to book their place in the last eight of the Champions League. Drogba was instrumental in that win, scoring the opening goal.

Speaking to Canal+ in the aftermath of that match, Drogba said he was keen to remain with Chelsea.

"I am not master of my fate, but I will stay as long as possible. I am happy here, to experience moments like these against Napoli. I hope there will be many others," the forward said, in a report by The Sun.

"Many have said that it was my last game in the Champions League, but the adventure continues. It has been a long time since I have seen a Chelsea like this," the player added.