“He’s unique,’ Lampard said after setting up another goal for Drogba in the 2-1 win over Liverpool.
“There is no-one like Didier as a player, not with the kind of bulldozer kind of thing he has got and with the sublime touch and finish that he has got.
“Everyone has to move on at some stage and you have to find a different player or different way of playing but for what he has done at this club, he deserves everything.”
Drogba and Chelsea have been unable to reach an agreement on a new deal for the 34-year-old striker. Chelsea have offered him a one-year contract extension, while Drogba is insisting on a two-year deal.
“I’m desperate for him to stay. He is a magnificent player. He’s a machine” Lampard went on to say. “His body is a machine, when you look at him stripped down. He’s lost no pace, he’s lost none of his finishing instinct.
“As a man, I love Didier and whatever he decides to do, whether he stays or whatever, he has been a hero for this club and will go down as a legend.”
Opposition defenders would be delighted to see the back of Drogba, who has been linked with lucrative moves to China, the Middle East, France, the United States.
“He’s such a handful,” Lampard said. “It’s been a pleasure to play with him and it would be a pleasure to carry on playing with him because he gives defenders such a hard time.
“He is not just that big man. He scores goals that matter and that’s priceless.”