It pains me to even write this, but like a parent seeing their child off to college, I know it is the best thing for him, me and the club. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba leaving Stamford Bridge this summer is the right thing to do.
Just two days after scoring arguably the two most important goals in club history, Drogba announced he will be leaving the club stating:
We (he and his team-mates) will not be together next season," Drogba is quoted as telling France Football magazine. "As I have decided to leave, I wanted to tell them to their faces.
They made me break down. I found it hard to admit that it was finished with me and the club. But I don't envisage sitting on the bench watching others play at a time when the club is looking at putting together a new team.
So there we go, I am readying myself for a great leap into the unknown. It will be another adventure.
Earlier this year Chelsea offered the star a one-year extension and was not willing to budge on that. Add in the fact that Chelsea is full of new young faces including Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres coming back in to form and this seems to be the right decision going forward.
It is the final act in what has been one of the most sensational careers that anyone has ever had in Chelsea jersey, and like every other gesture he has made it was one void of egoism and wholly selfless.
Drogba is smart enough to know that his negotiations would have been followed with a high level of attention, directing hard questions to the likes of Torres who yesterday stated his future was uncertain with the club as well. Now that Drogba has shut his door on his future, Torres’ should be open as ever for him to walk through.
Furthermore he understands that as long as the club looks back and cannot move forward and with the past always there, the future will always be a dream. It is indeed time for him to move on to a new challenge. Perhaps it will be in the MLS where he has been rumored to go for over a year now. Or make the big money move to China following good friend Nicolas Anelka.
Whatever he decides to do, you know that when he gets there he will make his impact on the pitch and off.
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