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Didier Drogba: mercenary for hire

Didier Drogba and John Ruddymer-ce-nar-y [mur-suh-ner-ee]: working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.

Didier Drogba is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, and hasn’t agreed a new contract with the club yet. Rumour has it they only want to offer him a one-year deal, but Drogba – who’ll be 34 in March – wants two years.

The other evening I heard an interview with Drogba’s agent, who essentially said he’ll sign for whichever club offers him the most money. Ordinarily that sort of comment would be met with outrage and talk of greed, but it seems to have gone largely unnoticed, and I’m fairly pleased about that.

Drogba only has a couple of years left at the top – if that – and you’d think he is unlikely to end up at a club seriously challenging for the Champions League (the only real title eluding him), so why should he not hold out for the most money he can get?

I’ve almost found myself admiring his agent for his honesty, who’d have thought it?

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