Chelsea captain John Terry has demanded that owner Roman Abramovic extend Didier Drogba’s contract.
The Ivorian striker is nearing the end of his one-year deal, having re-signed for the club last summer following a goal-laden first spell from 2004 until 2012.
At 37, it remains to be seen if Drogba has done enough to warrant an extension, with Diego Costa and Loic Remy keeping him sidelined for much of the season.
However, Terry says that, despite failing to score many goals, Drogba’s wisdom proved a key element in Chelsea’s Premier League title win this season.
“He’s been great, because he’s had to be patient,” Terry told reporters.
“Ideally he would have liked a bit more game-time. But Diego Costa hit the ground running, scoring a lot of goals.
“Didier’s experience [is beneficial] and the way he speaks before the games and after defeats when you’re down and you need an old head to help.
“At times we’ve been worried after defeats and he’s said that it happens and we’ll bounce back and be alright. When you hear that from someone like him, everyone takes it on board.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season. He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field.
“He’s shown that on the field but off the field he really has got a massive part to play.”