Galatasaray to offer Drogba new deal

The Ivorian joined the Istanbul giants in January on an 18-month deal, but the club are confident he will opt to extend his stay in Turkey

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba is set to be offered a contract extension, club president Unal Aysal has revealed.

The former Chelsea and Olympique de Marseille forward joined the Turkish side in January on a year-and-a-half deal which is due to run out in June 2014.

Aysal is ready to offer fresh terms to the 35-year-old, who has scored four goals in 10 games for the Super Lig champions this season, and is confident he will opt to stay in Istanbul.

“Drogba has talked about issues related to the future,” Aysal told GSTV.

“He wants to extend his career as a player. I told him that, at Galatasaray, you can play as long as quality is evident.

“We are definitely going to offer him a [new] contract. I also do not think he will reject it.”

Galatasaray currently sit second in Group B of the Champions League on four points, with a home tie against Juventus and visits to Real Madrid and Copenhagen to come.

In the Super Lig, Roberto Mancini’s men sit seventh after eight games – nine points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Fenerbahce.