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Drogba Leaves Chelsea

Posted: May 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced his departure from the club, a second time.

The Blues players hoisted the injured Ivorian from the Stamford Bridge pitch in the first half of his final game, a 3-1 win over Sunderland on Sunday.

Drogba, 37, first signed for the club in 2004 and has scored a total of 164 goals in 381 appearances.

“In order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club,” he said.

He told Chelsea’s website:  “I want to play for at least one more season.”

Drogba scored a late equaliser and the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final.

He has scored seven times in his final season for Chelsea.

Team manager, Jose Mourinho, re-signed the forward in 2014 on a one-year deal after he left Galatasaray as a free agent; after he was voted the club’s greatest ever player in a fans’ poll in 2012, Drogba went on to play for Shanghai Shenhua in China before joining Galatasaray, where he won the Turkish league title in 2013.

He returned to Stamford Bridge to “make more history” and this season collected his fourth Premier League winner’s medal and third League Cup medal.

Drogba, who signed from Marseille for £24 million 11 years ago, has won 12 trophies in two spells at Chelsea.