Chelsea legend Didier Drogba confirms retirement plans

Didier Drogba to retire at end of season

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of next season.

Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed that he intends to bring an end to his playing career at the end of the United Soccer League season.

Drogba is now with Phoenix Rising, where he is also a part-owner, and has admitted that age is finally catching up with him when asked about the retirement question this week.

Since then, he has gone on to win numerous cup finals for the Blues, most importantly the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Drogba joined second-tier Phoenix in 2017, after leaving Montreal Impact following the conclusion of the 2016 MLS season.

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Drogba, who turns 40 in March, told RMC Sport: "Ah, do you want a scoop? There comes a time when you have to stop", said Drogba.

"I need time for my other projects".

The Ivorian remains one of Africa's greatest ever footballers, and will be best remembered for his two spells at Stamford Bridge where he scored 164 goals in 381 appearances. "Playing is good, but at 39, it slows me down a bit".

"I think that is what I can learn from him".

After almost four months out of the game he signed for Phoenix last term and scored ten goals in 14 appearances.

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