Chelsea legend Drogba set to retire

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of next season.

Apart from his trophy-laden spell at Chelsea, Drogba also has Turkish Super Lig, Super Cup and Turkish Cup honours to his name with Galatasaray.

Drogba is now with Phoenix Rising, where he is also a part-owner, and has admitted that age is finally catching up with him when asked about the retirement question this week.

Phoenix Rising played their last game in the USL play-offs this year in October, so there is still some time for Drogba to bang home a few more goals.

"I think next year will be my last season".

After a two-year absence, Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge to reunite with former boss Jose Mourinho and help the Blues win the Premier League title.

Drogba, who turns 40 in March, told RMC Sport: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

He added, "At some point you have to stop". I need to have time for my other projects.

Drogba struck up a strong relationship with Chelsea's Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich during his two stints at Stamford Bridge, totalling nine seasons.

Since the start 0f 2017, Drogba has been prolific for Phoenix, scoring 10 goals in 14 appearances so far and will look to end his career on a high with the Arizona-based club.

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