The Daily Star says Drogba has been linked this summer with moves to Milan, Inter, Real Madrid or Barcelona after making it clear he wanted away from Stamford Bridge.

But no serious enquiry has been made by any of the quartet and it now looks increasingly likely the 30-year-old will start the season with the Blues.

On Friday, Drogba will join another unhappy team-mate, Frank Lampard, on the plane for the pre-season trip to China.