Didier Drogba Announces Retirement from Football

Didier Drogba Announces Retirement from Football

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba says the doubts around manager Antonio Conte are normal for the club.

The 39-year-old - who scored some 164 goals over two spells with the Blues and helped them win the 2012 Champions League final - is now playing for American club Phoenix Rising in the second-tier United Soccer League, where he is a co-owner.

Drogba believes he has another season left in him, but after making his professional debut at Le Mans in 1998, the ex-Ivory Coast global, who will turn 40 in March, acknowledged it will be his last.

According to the Daily Mirror, Drogba made 381 appearances for Chelsea across two spells, scoring 164 times in the process. I need to have some time for my other projects.

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Away from the Premier League Drogba also lifted the Super Lig title with Galatasaray in 2013, while he also spent time in China before moving to MLS with Montreal Impact.

"I think next year will be my last season", he told RMC.

It means that if Drogba, who scored nine times in 14 total appearances for Phoenix in 2017, will have at most one full year left as a professional player.

"It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit", he added.

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