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Ancelotti expects Drogba to stay at Chelsea

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  • Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti expects striker Didier Drogba to stay at club
  • Drogba has yet to sign a three-year contract offered to him by the English side
  • The Ivory Coast international scores opening goal in 2-0 victory over Inter Milan
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(CNN) -- Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has told a news conference that he expects striker Didier Drogba to remain at the club, after the Ivory Coast international scored the opening goal in the Premier League side's 2-0 friendly victory over Italian champions Inter Milan in Pasadena on Tuesday.

Didier Drogba scored the opening goal in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Didier Drogba scored the opening goal in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Inter Milan on Tuesday.

The London side, who beat Seattle by the same 2-0 scoreline on Saturday in their first pre-season fixture, made it two wins out of two courtesy of goals from Drogba and Frank Lampard -- and Ancelotti later told media that he is keen for Drogba to sign a new three-year contract that has been offered to him.

"Didier played very well and for us he is a very important player," said Italian Ancelotti. "I don't know whether or not he has signed his new contract yet, but I do know that Drogba will be here for a long time to come.

"He's irreplaceable as no other striker in the world can do the same job. I've spoken with Drogba and know what he wants. He told me he's happy to stay with the club and that is good enough for me," added Ancelotti.

However, Ancelotti offered less encouragement to another Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who made his name playing for him at AC Milan but has struggled at Chelsea.

"I speak to Shevchenko every day and the situation is this: he is with us until August 31 and then we take a decision together. I don't know what will happen as the club has not received any offers."

Meanwhile, Drogba himself believes Chelsea captain John Terry will also remain at the club, despite continued interest from Premier League big-spenders Manchester City.

"He's our captain and we need him and we know he's going to stay with us and win more trophies," Drogba told ESPN.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.

The 22-year-old, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo in 2006, impressed in the holding role in the Blues midfield last term.

The Nigerian told the club's official Web site: "It was easy to commit to because I am happy here and when the opportunity came it was good to sign after speaking to the club."

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