Didier Drogba ready to retire in New Year

Didier Drogba ready to retire in New Year

Didier Drogba ready to retire in New Year

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has suggested that he is likely to call time on his illustrious playing career in just 12 months' time when the 2018 United Soccer League season concludes next November.

The 39-year-old former Chelsea striker has revealed that he is to hang up his boots at the end of the current season.

Speaking to RMC (h/t Ian Holyman of ESPN FC) the Ivorian icon said the next campaign with Phoenix Rising FC, where he is the player-owner, will be the last before he retires. He turns 40 in March.

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Drogba only signed for Phoenix in April and has scored 10 times in 14 appearances, bringing his career total to 296 goals in 677 appearances.

"I need time for my other projects". Last year, with one game a week, everything went well.

Drogba, the Ivory Coast's record goalscorer, had two spells with Chelsea, the first spanning eight years and culminating with victory in the 2012 Champions League final.

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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.

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

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