Drog bows out of Chelsea a true Champion.
The Premier League has lost another legend. Didier Drogba, the epitome of what the modern day striker aspires to be, has come to a decision over his future, with Chelsea expecting their hero to confirm his departure to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua imminently.
The Ivorian, who spearheaded his club to Champions League glory in spectacularly dramatic fashion, will link up with former strike partner (and up and coming manager) Nicolas Anelka in China for a contract worth around £250,000-a-week net.
Meanwhile the striker has set about ending months of speculation about his future at the side he’s spent eight trophy laden years with, after revealing it’s time for him to move on. Drogba told Chelsea’s official website: http://www.chelseafc.com/
“I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea.
It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have achieved but the time is right for a new challenge for me.”
Though no doubt one of those tear jerking moments which comes around in football every once in a while, this is good news for all concerned.
Why? Well firstly Chelsea should not only move on from their European success with renewed verve and belief in their squad, but also a fresh plan to outline their route back to such incredible moments.
This, regrettably, simply cannot include their brilliant front man, who thankfully seems to have ended his swansong playing the type of football he shall always be remembered for on these shores.
Yes he was instrumental in most of the things which went right for the Capitals only European champions, but thought of him furrowing about the park like an old war horse past his prime doesn’t sit right with me at all. It hasn’t happened yet at Chelsea, and that’s the way it should stay.
“As a team we have accomplished so much and have won every single trophy possible.
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 and my team-mates, many of whom have become very close friends and will be my friends for life.
I would also like to say a very special thank you to the Chelsea fans who have shown me so much love and support over the years.
“I wish the club all the best and continued success for the future – you will always be in my heart.”
His reputation, his legacy and most of all his talent deserved the type of dramatic finish he achieved on Saturday night. Though he has been forever maligned, rightly at times as a cheat, a play actor and an overbearing influence on the dressing room, he’s been a consistently entertaining force in the English game and one crucial to the prominence of it in recent years.
Chelsea have refused to open up about any of the major issues following Saturday’s final including Fernando Torres, the managers position and indeed their man of the moment, but it seems the wheels are already in motion after Saturday’s fanfare. Though at this moment the ringing of change might befuddle fans as they continue to bask in the clubs greatest achievement to date, the departure will be followed by fresh investment by trophy fiend Roman Abramovich.
The Daily Mail claims the owner addressed the newly crowned Champions by declaring that “this is just the beginning” for his team.
After watching the side defy the odds to steal the trophy from the clutches of their German hosts, the Russian marched into the dressing room to announce plans for further investment and more glory.
Who could replace Drogba? Fans will tell you nobody at this moment, and they’d be right. The man has, after all, won everything there is to win at the Bridge. But an Edison Cavani or Edin Hazard sure would help cushion the blow.
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