Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has confirmed that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, after weeks of speculation surrounding his future.
As relayed by the Daily Mail the Ivorian forward, who was signed to a one-year deal in west London last year and helped Chelsea win the Premier League this term, has revealed that it his desire to play at least one more season as a footballer, though that won’t be with the Blues.
Ahead of Chelsea’s last match of the season against Sunderland Drogba admitted it would be his last game for the club by posting a message to his Instagram account.
In it the veteran said he had talked at length with Jose Mourinho and was making the decision to leave purely out of wanting to continue playing regularly.
Given that Diego Costa and Loic Remy are ahead of him in the Chelsea pecking order Drogba was always going to have to leave the Blues for a second time if regular football is something he is seeking before he hangs up his boots.
As it turns out it is and, though the Stamford Bridge legend offered no indication of where he might look to take his next step, it can be assured there will be plenty of clubs interested in landing him.
What it means for Chelsea though is perhaps more significant, as Mourinho now has to either recruit another third choice striker or promote one of his youngsters.
Patrick Bamford, who has spent the season on loan at Championship Middlesbrough will no doubt see it as a golden opportunity, but The Special One might want to step up his pursuit of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi instead.
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