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Chelsea management see Real Madrid striker Benzema as Drogba successor

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is being linked with Chelsea.

Turin sources say Juventus face competition from Chelsea for the young Frenchman.

Benzema was to be offered to Chelsea in a swap for Didier Drogba before Real landed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on-loan yesterday.

Juve are keen to sign Benzema, but intermediaries representing the Italian giants have warned of Chelsea's interest.

Blues management see Benzema as an eventual successor to Didier Drogba and believes he would settle quickly at Stamford Bridge thanks to their large French-speaking contingent.

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