Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Chelsea are waiting to make the 'best decision possible' regarding a new contract for experienced striker Didier Drogba.
The Ivory Coast international's current deal expires at the end of the season and reports have claimed Drogba wants a two-year extension, with Chelsea only offering 12 months.
Villas-Boas confirmed talks have been ongoing for some time with Drogba, who has scored 149 goals in 319 appearances for the Blues since moving to Stamford Bridge from Marseille in 2004.
Drogba has been a key figure for Chelsea in recent weeks and Villas-Boas does not believe the contract situation has been affecting the 33-year-old's commitment to the club.
"It's between a two-year and a one-year and we're waiting to make the best decision possible," said the Chelsea manager.
"We've been discussing this week in, week out, the situation is ongoing and we hope to solve it. Whatever the outcome or agreement, or non-agreement, there will be no question of his professionalism and integrity and he will keep on representing Chelsea this season.
"Didier's importance is straightforward, it's not just because he is performing now.
"The conversation has been ongoing since the beginning and we'll continue to push for that. It's not just my decision, it's a decision between two parts and we have to wait and see.
"It's not up to me to speak about what is in Didier's mind at the moment regarding his future.
"What I think is clear is that he is pretty much involved with Chelsea and his mindset is on competing with his colleagues for this club. That's the most gratifying thing, the commitment from the player. His professionalism is not in question."