Didier Drogba announces decision to leave Galatasaray

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced he will leave Turkish outfit Galatasaray when his contract comes to an end in the summer.

Drogba joined Galatasaray in January 2013 after he was forced into leaving Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua due to factors relating to his wages.

The 36-year-old will become a free agent at the beginning of July when he will be hoping to be participating at the latter stages of the World Cup with the Ivory Coast.

Drogba is likely to have a number of clubs choose from as he remains one of the world's most potent forwards.

His exit from the Turk Telekom Arena could spark rumours of a potential move back to Chelsea - particularly as Jose Mourinho said earlier this season that Drogba would one day return to Stamford Bridge.

Drogba, speaking of his decision to leave Galatasaray, said: "I leave the decision to the board to announce it because it is the same way they announce my arrival here in Galatasaray.

"It's hard because I think we have a lot more to do but that's life and I respect everything and everyone.

"For sure, the same way I respect Chelsea, the same way I respect Marseille, the same way I loved playing for Guingamp, it is the same way I will speak about Galatasaray. Everywhere I will go in the world it is the same way.

"I made a lot of new friends, good people, and I felt really good here. I feel really good here.

"It's sad. It's sad because, when people call you legend, call you with a lot of respect, it's always difficult to explain things.

"I'm not here to explain why. It's not my responsibility to explain why, but the fact is that I'm not sure next season we are going to be together."

Chelsea boss Mourinho has stated on several occasions that he is hoping to strengthen his forward line before next season - with doubts lingering over the futures of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.

The Portuguese tactician may be willing to offer Drogba a player/coach role in order for the Ivorian international to help nurture Chelsea's young starlets.

Chelsea fans - would you want to see Drogba back at the Bridge or do you think a return would damage his legacy at the club?

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