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Drogba lost his football passion

Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba admits he lost his passion for football

Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba concedes he began this season with little passion for football.

"This summer, I no longer had a head for football, I'd completely lost the fire" he told France Football magazine.

"I felt completely extinguished. For the first time in my career, I'd lost the passion for football. I was lost."

Drogba, 30, also said he understood why the Premier League's top scorer Nicolas Anelka was starting games ahead of him, leaving him to start on the bench.

"For the moment, I can only keep quiet," he added.

"It is not because I have been here for more than four years that I have a right to make demands to be in the starting line-up.

"At the moment, there's a guy who is hot and racking up goals. I must wait my turn."

But Drogba suggested that Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari pair him with Anelka more often in attack.

"I have always said that I was happy that Nicolas came to Chelsea but I still cannot understand why managers are afraid to put us together," said Drogba.

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