May 21, 2012

Drogba confirmed to leave Chelsea


Chelsea football player Didier Drogba holds the Champions League trophy during a victory parade along the Kings Road in Chelsea, west London May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

(Reuters) – Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is leaving Chelsea after playing a leading role in their Champions League triumph, according to a report to be published in French magazine France Football on Tuesday.

Drogba, who scored the winning penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich on Saturday after cancelling out Thomas Mueller’s opener, has reportedly told his team mates “we will not be together next season.”
“I am getting ready for a great leap into the unknown,” he added without hinting at a possible destination.

Drogba, 34, joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2004 and has won three Premier League titles with the London club as well as four FA Cups.
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