Gary Cahill wants Didier Drogba to remain at Chelsea

Gary Cahill (right) takes on Didier Drogba in training
Gary Cahill was signed by Chelsea during the January transfer window

Defender Gary Cahill says every member of the Chelsea squad wants striker Didier Drogba to stay at the club.

Cahill feels Drogba, who scored the equaliser and the winning penalty in the Champions League final, will help develop the Blues' emerging players.

The Ivorian will hold talks this week at Stamford Bridge about a new contract after his current deal expired.

Cahill said: "If you ask every player at the club, they'd hope he stays - but he's got his own decision to make."

The 88th-minute equaliser against Bayern Munich on Saturday night was the ninth goal Drogba has registered in nine cup finals for the club.

The 34-year-old also scored in the FA Cup final two weeks previously to ensure the season ended with two major trophies for the Blues.

Cahill sees that ability to perform in the biggest games as a crucial component of the striker's game.

"It was just fitting that he took the penalty that won us the cup, he got us back in the game late doors," said the defender, who will travel with the England squad to this summer's European Championship.

"He just seems to turn up in these big games and that's the kind of player he is."

Roberto Di Matteo's success in turning round the club's fortunes since taking over as Chelsea interim manager was built around the established players at the club, an 'old guard' that includes the likes of Drogba, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

And Cahill believes the senior members of the first-team squad still have a vital role to play at the club.

"I don't see it being the end," the England defender said. "Frank Lampard was fantastic. Ashley Cole was amazing and he's probably been the best left-back in the world for many years.

"Didier, again, turned up - the big man for the big occasion. You just learn from these sorts of boys, especially myself.

"Hopefully, I can learn fast."

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