On Sunday (24/5), Didier Drogba has announced officially that that day’s Premier League game against Sunderland will be his last match as a Chelsea player. On the other hand, he has no plans to retire from football and will leave Stamford Bridge to pursue his playing career.
He will sign off from his second campaign at Stamford Bridge before the club lift the Premier League trophy in front of their home fans following the final match of the season. Drogba has been behind first-choice striker Diego Costa at Chelsea this season and has scored seven goals in all competitions.
The striker joined back the club last summer by signing a one-year deal and he helped Chelsea win a fourth Premier League title. According to the club’s website, Drogba wants to play for at least one more season, and in order to play more games, he feels that he need to go to another club. He also mentioned that he “hope to be back here in the future in another role.”
Previously, the 37-year-old player spent eight years in west London between 2004 and 2012, winning 12 trophies and scoring the spot-kick against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final match. He left to play in China and Turkey before he returned to the club for a second spell under Jose Mourinho, who signed him from Marselle in 2004 for £24 million. Since then he has scored a total 164 goals in 381 appearances.
The former Marseille striker will become a free agent this summer following the expiration of his one-year-deal at Chelsea. He has also shared a message on his Instagram account detailing his discussion with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his future at the club. “I have spoken at length with Jose and he understands I want to play at least one more season,” he posted.