Chelsea legend Drogba confirms he'll retire in 2018

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from football at the end of this season after a glittering playing career.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

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.

Antonio Conte, who guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his debut season, is already being linked with a departure after reportedly clashing with the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba, who also enjoyed a successful spell with the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer, said: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

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'I think next year will be my last season, ' Drogba added.

"At some point you have to stop".

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.

"But most players have not been further than a quarter or semi-final in the Champions League for a while".

The former Marseilles striker twice won the prestigious Caf African Footballer of the Year Award.

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