The Ivory Coast international has told his team-mates that he has decided to quit Stamford Bridge at the end of the season as the club "is looking at putting together a new team"
Didier Drogba has announced that he will leave Chelsea when his contract expires next month. Following a disappointing start to the season, the trust shown in the 34-year-old by Roberto Di Matteo has seen him become key in the revival of the team’s season, scoring in both the club's FA Cup and Champions League final victories.
The former Marseille forward has been reportedly looking for a two-year deal, whereas the club are only willing to offer a 12-month extension, and it appears Drogba has decided on his future. "We [Drogba and his Chelsea team-mates] will not be together next season," he was quoted as saying in France Football magazine.
"As I have decided to leave, I wanted to tell them to their faces. They made me break down. I found it hard to admit that it was finished with me and the club.
Fellow striker Fernando Torres recently complained of having to start Saturday’s victory over Bayern Munich among the substitutes with the Ivorian starting, and Drogba does not want to be relegated to the bench.
He added: "I don't envisage sitting on the bench watching others play at a time when the club is looking at putting together a new team.
"So there we go, I am readying myself for a great leap into the unknown. It will be another adventure." Earlier this month, reports surfaced linking Drogba with a move to Shanghai Shenhua on an estimated £250,000 per week. The Ivorian would join former team-mate Nicolas Anelka in China should he make the move to the Far East.