John Terry has urged Chelsea to offer Didier Drogba a new contract.
The 37-year-old is a free agent this summer and would not be drawn on his future after the Blues clinched the Premier League title with victory over Crystal Palace.
Drogba has had to settle for being third-choice for most of the campaign behind top scorer Diego Costa and Frenchman Loic Remy.
But Terry thinks the Ivory Coast striker has played his part firing Chelsea to glory and should be handed fresh terms at Stamford Bridge.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season,” Terry said of the Champions League hero.
“He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field.
"He’s shown that on the field but off the field he really has got a massive part to play.
"Didier’s experience and the way he speaks before the games, after defeats when you’re down and you need an old head to help.”
Drogba is keen to play on, despite his silence after Sunday’s triumph at the Bridge, having already declared his intention to continue his career last month.
However, reports this morning suggest the Blues are considering a shock move for out-of-favour Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert to replace Drogba next term.
The west Londoners will get a close look at Lambert next weekend as the Reds’ next game is at Chelsea this weekend.