Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba confirmed on Tuesday he will leave newly-crowned European champions Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of June.
Drogba has been at the Premier League club since 2004, joining from French side Marseille, and has scored 157 goals in 341 appearances helping the Blues win ten trophies.
The 34-year-old leaves the London club on a high after scoring a late equaliser against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday and then converting the decisive penalty in a dramatic shoot-out after extra-time.
“I wanted to put an end to the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea,” he told Chelsea’s website.
“As a team we have accomplished so much and have won every single trophy possible,” said Drogba, who won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.
“Saturday was a very special moment for everyone at the club and for all the fans, and I am very proud to have played my part in bringing many trophies to this club, which has been my home for the last eight years.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club especially Roman (Abramovich) and my team-mates, many of whom have become very close friends and will be my friends for life.
Also, Drogba will visit India next month for the grand finale of ‘T20 Football’ event hosted by a cola giant.
The final winning team will get an opportunity to be coached by Drogba, before they face the Indian cricketing stars in a fast paced match, said organisers.
Mourinho extends contract with Real
Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has extended his contract for four more years, after taking the Spanish giants to victory in La Liga, the team said Tuesday. “Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have reached an agreement to extend the latter’s contract with the club until 30 June, 2016,” the club said in a statement published online.
The 49-year-old “Special One” took Real Madrid to their 32nd league title last month.