Chelsea striker Didier Drogba announced his departure from the club to the Chelsea locker room yesterday, it has been confirmed.
The 34-year-old Ivorian finalised his decision to exit the club following their Champions League victory against Bayern, a game in which he scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
Drogba is set to link up with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka at Chinese at Chinese club Shangai Shenhua on a £200,000-a-week deal. Speaking to France Football Magazine regarding his decision, Drogba said: "We will no longer be together next season. As I decided to leave, I wanted to tell them straight in the eye. Except that I could not do it. They made me crack."
"If I must leave it will be for an adventure that’s totally different from the big leagues. First, because there is no question I would play for anyone else in England other than Chelsea and also, because I don’t know what I could get in Spain, Italy or Germany that I don’t already know. I don’t want to start an ordinary adventure elsewhere. I’m more attracted to a new life.”
“I could not see myself sitting on the bench watching others play when the club plans to set up a new team. I’m not relieved, I am especially sad to leave such good guys.
"I prepare for my leap into the void, into the unknown.”
It had been said that Chelsea would sit down with Drogba in an attempt to persuade him with a contract extension, but it seems as though the veteran Ivorian has made up his mind as to where he wants to play out the rest of his footballing career.
His departure from the club at this time means that his last ever kick of a football for them was the kick that won them Champions League glory – not a bad way to bow out of a job if you ask us.