Chelsea confirm Didier Drogba is leaving club

Didier Drogba hoists the Champions League trophy during a parade in London on Sunday. Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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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