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Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea when his contract runs out at the end of June, the club announced today.
"Winning the game was the turning point, " he said. "That's why I decided - we made history all together and I want people to remember that - and I think that's the best time to move on."
Drobga's winning penalty saw Chelsea crowned champions of Europe on Saturday.
Chelsea Football Club has confirmed that Didier Drogba will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June.
In a statement on the club's website, Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said: "Didier is undoubtedly a Chelsea legend and will always be part of the Chelsea family. He is certainly leaving on a high after Saturday night but he feels the time is right for a new challenge."
Drogba added: "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."
The 34-year-old scored the winning penalty as Chelsea were crowned Champions of Europe on Saturday night.
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Didier Drogba has confirmed he plans to quit Chelsea following his Champions League final heroics, according to reports in France.
Drogba, who has reportedly already agreed a deal to join Shanghai Shenhua when his Chelsea contract expires this summer, is said to have admitted he struggled to get the words out and burst into tears.
"We will no longer be together next season," the 34-year-old said in quotes attributed to France Football magazine.
"As I decided to leave, I wanted to tell them straight in the eye.
"Except that I could not do it. They made me crack.
"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."
Chelsea's Frank Lampard said the team had waited a long time to win the Champions League and said it was "amazing" to celebrate with the club's fans.
Chelsea fans lined the streets of west London as the team celebrated the club's historic Champions League and FA Cup double with a victory parade.
David Cameron, who threw his arms in the air in delight as Chelsea won the Champions League final as he watched with the G8 leaders, said: "It's not often you get the opportunity to watch a penalty shoot-out between an English team and a German team and watch the English team win."
Blues fans chant Didier Drogba's name on the victory parade after the striker scored for Chelsea in the Champions League final .
Fans line the streets of west London to catch a glimpse of the Champions League winners.
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Chelsea fans lined the streets of west London as the team celebrated the club's Champions League and FA Cup double with a victory parade.
Leaders at Camp David took a break from discussing the Eurozone to watch Chelsea become European club Champions.