Didier Drogba announces he will quit Chelsea this summer

Didier Drogba has told his Chelsea team-mates he will leave the club this summer, according to reports in France

didier drogba
Didier Drogba scored the winning penalty in Chelsea's shootout win over Bayern Photo: rayand, via Flickr

didier drogba

Didier Drogba has confirmed he will leave Chelsea when his Stamford Bridge contract expires next month, according to reports in France.

The news comes after the Ivorian, 34, scored the winning penalty that sealed the Blues’ first Champions League crown in Saturday’s shootout victory over Bayern Munich.

“We [Drogba and his Chelsea team-mates] will not be together next season,” Drogba was quoted saying in France Football magazine.

“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.”

Drogba, who was said to be holding out for an offer of a two-year deal from the club, has been heavily linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese club Nicolas Anelka joined in January.

The striker, who reportedly informed his team-mates of his decision during Chelsea’s trophy parade on Monday, added: “Even though it’s been three years since I said I wanted to leave, I find it hard to admit that it’s over with this club – especially as I did not feel like this.

“But I could not see myself sitting on the bench to watch others play when the club plans to set up a new team.

“So that’s it – I am preparing for my leap into the unknown. It’s going to be another adventure.”

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Thomas Tuchel
Steve Nicol: Chelsea FC will have to make this signing before the new season
Kai Havertz
'This is the next step: Thomas Tuchel sends message to Chelsea FC star Kai Havertz
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Thomas Tuchel
Steve Nicol: Chelsea FC will have to make this signing before the new season
Kai Havertz
'This is the next step: Thomas Tuchel sends message to Chelsea FC star Kai Havertz
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature