Didier Drogba has confirmed that he wants to remain at Chelsea beyond the end of the season, reports Goal.com.
"My heart is Blue," Drogba told The Sun. "Everybody knows I love the club and everyone knows I want to stay. We are still talking about it, so let's see what comes out of the discussions. I'm optimistic something can happen."
Speculation has been rife that the 33-year-old could leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires to join Shanghai Shenhua, where former Blues teammate, Nicolas Anelka currently plies his trade
However the Ivorian has now categorically denied this rumour and insists that his future lies in west London.
"I love Chelsea and I think they love me as well. I think we are going to find something and make a decision which suits everyone - me, the club and the fans," the striker said.
"At the same time, if it doesn't happen that's life but you will never change the respect and the love we created together."
Drogba also expressed an interest in being involved with the club in a managerial role when his playing days draw to a close.
"It would be interesting to be Chelsea manager. I love this club and I always want to help the people I love, so why not," he revealed.