Drogba to leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba celebrates after Chelsea's Champions League victory against Bayern Munich at the...

Didier Drogba celebrates after Chelsea's Champions League victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, May 19, 2012. (DYLAN MARTINEZ/Reuters)

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LONDON - Champions League final hero Didier Drogba revealed Tuesday he will leave Chelsea this summer, ending an eight-year stay with the English club.

Drogba scored the tying goal in the 88th minute and scored the winning penalty on his final kick for Chelsea in a shootout victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final Saturday.

The 34-year-old Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 appearances, and helped Chelsea win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups - he scored in each final - two Carling Cups, and its first-ever Champions League.

"I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea," Drogba said. "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."

Drogba, an Ivory Coast international, is a two-time African Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.


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