Chelsea carry off Didier Drogba after final club appearance

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Chelsea players gave Didier Drogba a fitting send off in his final game for the club by carrying him from the pitch after just 28 minutes on the field. 

The Ivorian was forced from the pitch because of injury after confirming that today would be his final game for the club with his contract expiring in the summer.


He said in a statement earlier today: 'I want to play for at least one more season and in order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club. All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to be back here in the future in another role.'

However he wouldn't have been expecting his last game to end as it did. The 37-year-old was handed a start by boss Jose Mourinho against Sunderland, but went down with an injury on the half-hour mark. 

Stamford Bridge rose to salute the out-going hero and the Chelsea players made the moment even more special by carrying the forward from the pitch. 

The former Galatasaray forward finishes his two stints at Chelsea with 164 goals in 382 games. He has won 12 trophies, including four Premier League titles, for the club and was voted the club's greatest ever player in a fans' poll in 2012 after helping the Blues win the Champions League by scoring the winning penalty against Bayern Munich.

Chelsea have already been crowned champions are currently drawing 1-1 with Sunderland on the last day of the season.

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