Stamford Bridge hero expected to leave in summer.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s future at the club is in fresh doubt after new contract talks have been put on hold.
The 33-year-old existing deal expires next summer and, after failing to agree an extension, he will be free to talk to other clubs in January.
The Ivory Coast international was linked with an exit from west London in the last transfer window, but he vowed to stay and fight for his place.
Tottenham Hotspur, Galatasaray, Bayern Munich and Anzhi Makhachkala are still interested in securing his services.
Drogba’s representatives have been negotiating with Chelsea since he rejected their advances, but little progress has been made, according to the Times.
The hit-man wants a two-year deal that will finish his career at Stamford Bridge but the club only to offered him an additional year and, even then, failed to reach an agreement over the terms.
Chelsea want Drogba to stay and may offer him a deal before the end of the season, but their refusal to meet his demands reflects the changing landscape at the club.
The emergence of Daniel Sturridge and the club’s determination to give Fernando Torres every opportunity to rediscover his best form have further reduced Drogba’s role as a front-line striker.
Chelsea are reluctant to commit to long-term contracts for their veterans, given manager Andre Villas-Boas’s desire to freshen up his squad with youngsters.
Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku as Drogba’s long-term replacement in the summer, with the Blues boss keen on fast-tracking his progress into the first-team.
Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou are all sweating on their futures with the latter two also out of contract in the summer.