Drogba would welcome Ribery
Striker cuts a deal with Lampard in battle to beat Rooney
Last Updated: May 7, 2010 7:50am
Drogba: Misses Marseille
Didier Drogba would be pleased if Chelsea managed to complete the signing of Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery.
The France playmaker is expected to be sold by Bayern this summer in order to avoid the scenario of him leaving for free when his contract expires in 2011.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City have all joined Chelsea in showing an interest in Ribery.
The player himself has hinted that the warmer climate in Spain would be his preference for personal reasons, but Drogba would still like to see his former rival from French football at Stamford Bridge.
"I know Franck from my time at Guingamp," Drogba said in The Sun. "If he comes to Chelsea, I will be happy.
"He is hungry. I like hungry players."
Drogba has also revealed that he has reached an agreement with Frank Lampard over Chelsea's penalty-taking responsibility in the Premier League champions-elect's last game of the season against Wigan.
The Ivory Coast international is desperate to beat Wayne Rooney, of title rivals Manchester United, to the league's top scorer award, with both players currently level pegging on 26 goals.
"To finish above Rooney in the scorers' table would be the cherry on the cake," Drogba said.
"Three years ago, I finished above him and we didn't win the league. There was something missing.
"But if there is a penalty to take, I have already agreed with Lampard that I will take it."
Drogba believes that the John Terry affair earlier in the season came close to completely extinguishing Chelsea's title challenge.
"It was a key moment in our season because it corresponded with a period where we had lost points, a period where it was less good," he said. "But we stayed united, like we always do when there is a storm at the club.
"It is a period which cost us a lot of points. Here in England, it was enormous. It went from sport to being in the celebrity pages. The cameras were focused on all sorts of things rather than football and we lost our focus, unconsciously, which made us drop points."
Meanwhile, Drogba, 32, admits he misses Marseille, but believes it would be hard to return to his former club.
"I miss Marseille. That's true," Drogba told France Football. "I have many friends there among the managers, but also from the club physios to the baker on the corner. But I have already said, it would be hard to go back.
"Moreover, I would prefer to avoid this question because that could lead to misunderstandings, whether in France or in England.
"If I ever return to Marseille it will come about naturally."