Chelsea legend Didier Drogba hit the most important ball in Chelsea’s history on Saturday night. He stroked the ball into the bottom corner to score the decisive penalty which secured Chelsea’s first ever Champions League trophy and Roman Abramovich’s holy grail.
But it seems Drogba’s glittering Chelsea career has come to an end with a move to China an almost certainty now.
Drogba confirmed that he will be departing the club he loves so dearly this summer.
They claimed he had said:
“We will no longer be together next season. As I decided to leave, I wanted to tell the other players straight in the eye, except I could not do it. They made me crack.
Even though it’s been three years since I said I wanted to leave, I find it hard to admit that it’s over with this club — especially as I did not feel like this. But I could not see myself sitting on the bench to watch others play when the club plans to set up a new team.
So that’s it — I am preparing for my leap into the unknown. It’s going to be another adventure”.
This is truly sad news to all Chelsea fans and you have to feel a great loss to the Premier League and European football. Drogba has been a world class striker since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Marseille and is the true big game player with 9 goals in 9 finals.
Drogba will be sadly missed by all at Chelsea and I think a fitting tribute to a player who has give so much to the club and secured us our first Champions League trophy would be to retire the number 11 shirt worn by the great man much like we did with the number 25 worn by Gianfranco Zola.
On behalf of all Chelsea fans I’d like to say thanks for the memories to the Drog and he will forever be known as a true Chelsea legend.
Rumours have been rife since Torres’s comments after the final in which the Spaniard said:
“This season I have felt things that I hadn’t felt before. I feel that I have been treated in a manner I did not expect, not the way they said when I signed for the club, we have had many conversations and now the season is finished, we will talk to see what happens with my future because what I have gone through this year is not the role for which I came.
There have been many highs and lows, many times I felt lost. I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I didn’t know where to be.
A victory like the one in Munich makes up for it, but I want someone to tell me what will happen in the future, Right now I feel that football is worth it, but I have been through some very bad times, the worst of my career. I don’t want to relive them”.
These comments put into doubt the Spaniards long-term Chelsea future but Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay stated:
“Everybody wants to play and I would be very surprised if Fernando hadn’t,”
“I’m sure he wanted to play more games, and more time on the field as every professional player does.
But it’s the emotion of the time as well, the biggest day in our history. You’ve got to take these things into account”.
It seems Drogba’s departure will see Torres assume the role of Chelsea’s main man and he will have some big boots to fill. I still feel Torres can come good at Chelsea and this move may work out best for everyone.
In an ideal world we would have kept Drogba and got the best out of Torres but the football world is far from an ideal one.
Chelsea fans! Do you have any tributes you’d like to pay to Didier Drogba or do you have thoughts on this situation, let us know.
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