Chelsea striker target wants to emulate Didier Drogba

Chelsea transfer news: Wilfried Bony is ready to leave Vitesse Arnhem this summer

Paul Bailey
Published 04/05/2013 12:10 by Paul Bailey, read by 6,336 people.

Chelsea target Wilfried Bony has given his clearest indication yet that he will leave Vitesse Arnhem this summer after blasting the Eredivisie club's attitude towards his future, reports Voetbal International.

The 24-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after a series of scintillating performances in Holland this season, finding the net 27 times in 25 league appearances.

According to The Sun, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up an attempt to bring the Ivory Coast international to Stamford Bridge, in the hope that Bony will have the same success as his compatriot Didier Drogba did in west London.

The Blues have a strong relationship with Bony's current club Vitesse, having sent several youngsters on loan there in the past two seasons. And, with the Dutch outfit's owner Merab Jordania also having close ties with Abramovich, there is a good chance of the player's prospective £12million move to England.

There's little doubt that the Ivorian wants to leave Holland, and he feels now is the time to make the move away in order to fulfil his full potential as Drogba's long-term replacement in the national team.

"Next summer I am gone", Bony is quoted by Voetbal International. "The wonderful career of Didier Drogba is come to an end and there are plenty of potential successors. 

"This is my moment. But it is difficult if you play for a club like Vitesse."

Despite being under contract at the GelreDome until 2015, the club's recent treatment of Bony looks to have caused unrepairable damage to the relationship with the player.

"There have been many promises, and not just to me," he added. "For me, it was also about money, but that was not the most important thing, it was about respect. And I don't think Vitesse showed it.

"For example, my agent has repeatedly contacted the club, but no one answered. They did not call him back. I have not been taken seriously."


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