Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to keep David Luiz and Gary Cahill at the club because of the experience they both have. According to Drogba, Sarri shouldn’t underestimate the duo because they are the only remaining players from Chelsea’s Champions League winning squad.
The contracts of Luiz and Cahill will expire at the end of the season and while Luiz has been a key part of the Chelsea team this season under Sarri, Cahill has been totally frozen out by the former Napoli coach.
“David is a great player. He is a fantastic player,” Drogba told Goal.
“I played with him a few years ago, and I really enjoyed playing with him. I enjoyed having him in my team because you know you are safe. Last year was a bit difficult for him, but the season before he was really good.
“I think it is a matter of confidence between you and the manager and how the feeling is going. Also injuries, last year it was difficult for him to recover, but now he is at his best. I am really happy for him.
“He and Cahill are really important to this team because they are the last ones who won the Champions League. They are the core of this team. It is not for me to decide [on a contract renewal]. It is more down to him and the club to agree on this.
“Everyone at the club loves David, but if he stays at the club, I will be happy. He is not only bringing happiness to the club, but he also is now one of the faces of the club, and he is a very good player, he is performing right now, so if it was up to me [I would sign him].”
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who has been linked with the Chelsea job, insists he is not trying to copy any of the managerial greats he worked with during his active career as he aims to develop his own management style and philosophy.
Lampard worked under high profile managers like Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti during his playing days at Chelsea but insists he wants to create his own path.
“I try to be myself; I think that’s very important,” Lampard told Goal.
“Copying anyone as a manager is a mistake. You have to find your own methods or your own ways. I certainly have no fear of tapping into a bit of the managers that I have worked with over the years, but I don’t think that I am similar to any of them.”