Didier Drogba has confirmed that today’s game with Sunderland will be his last for Chelsea and that he will leave the club at the end of the season in an emotional statement released on the Blues official website.
Drogba has already made one such goodbye when his first spell at Stamford Bridge came to an end in 2012.
Then he provided the perfect goodbye by scoring the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
But whilst nothing can perhaps reach those romantic heights again, Drogba hasn’t been just for moral support this campaign and the 37-year-old scored some crucial goals in games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester that have helped Chelsea achieve their fourth Premier League title.
Drogba says he won’t be hanging up his boots as he leaves west London but with perhaps just one more season left in his ageing body, he needs to got to a club where he can play week in, week out and that’s something he will not get under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
“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,” he said to Chelseafc.com
“All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to be back here in the future in another role.”