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Chelsea have won the Champions League, beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties at the Allianz Arena. The game ended 1-1 after extra time.

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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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Didier Drogba 'to leave Chelsea' for 'another adventure'

With what looks likely to be his last kick for the club, Didier Drogba's penalty wins Chelsea the 2012 Champions League. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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."


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