Chelsea Confirm Didier Drogba Departure

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

I think most of us got to grips with Didier Drogba's departure yesterday with a series of quotes from France Football. Said quotes turned out to be not entirely true, but that's not particularly relevant - Chelsea have now confirmed that Drogba is indeed leaving the club after eight legendary years at Stamford Bridge:

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

As a team we have accomplished so much and have won every single trophy possible. Saturday was a very special moment for everyone at the club and for all the fans, and I am very proud to have played my part in bringing many trophies to this club, which has been my home for the last eight years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club especially Roman and my team-mates, many of whom have become very close friends and will be my friends for life. I would also like to say a very special thank you to the Chelsea fans who have shown me so much love and support over the years.

I wish the club all the best and continued success for the future - you will always be in my heart.

We started saying our goodbyes yesterday, so I don't have more to say on this just yet. Build him a statue.

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