Veteran Drogba to leave Chelsea

Veteran Drogba to leave Chelsea

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Drogba's contract wasn't renewed by the club

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The veteran Ivorian leaves after an incredible time at Chelsea, which saw him play for the club through nine seasons over two spells.

Drogba also said that he wants to play for “at least one more season” before retirement. It is unknown where the striker will go once the current season finishes.

The 37-year old originally joined Chelsea in 2004 from French side Marseille for £32.5 million, following spells at fellow French sides Le Mans and Guingamp. He left the club in 2012, but after spells in China and Turkey, he returned to Chelsea and his old boss Jose Mourinho.

Drogba said: “I want to play for at least one more season and in order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club. All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to be back here in the future in another role.”

In his time at Stamford Bridge, Drogba has forged his name as one of the club’s best ever strikers.

Over his two spells at Chelsea, Drogba has made 380 appearances, scored 164 goals and grabbed 88 assists.

The most famous of these happened three years ago, in the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, in Munich. Drogba equalised with just two minutes left, before scoring the winning penalty. It was the last goal he scored before leaving the club, with many fearing that it would be his last.

However, Drogba, who has played 104 times for his country, returned last summer and has made 39 appearances in all competitions, with seven goals to his name. He leaves the club with four Premier League winner’s medals.