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Drogba future unclear despite reports

Published: May 22, 2012 | 7:04 am
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Didier Drogba’s future at Chelsea remains up in the air after reports that he had told team-mates he will leave this summer were dismissed as false.

The Ivory Coast international was quoted saying he informed his team-mates of his decision during the club’s open-top bus parade on Monday after leading them to the greatest moment in their history on Saturday night.

“We will no longer be together next season,” the 34-year-old said in quotes attributed to France Football magazine.

However, Drogba’s representatives have insisted that the quotes ‘are not genuine’, while Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay maintained that talks over the forward’s future are still ongoing.

Drogba has been linked with a big-money move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua when his Chelsea contract expires this summer.

Despite the denials, the magazine is standing by its article.

The quotes went on to say: “As I decided to leave, I wanted to tell them straight in the eye. Except that I could not do it. They made me crack.

“Even though it’s been three years since I said I wanted to leave, I find it hard to admit that it’s over with this club – especially as I did not feel like this.

“But I could not see myself sitting on the bench to watch others play when the club plans to set up a new team.

“So that’s it – I am preparing for my leap into the unknown. It’s going to be another adventure.”

A relatively late developer who only signed his first professional contract at 21, Drogba has scored 157 goals for Chelsea since joining from Marseille in 2004.

His final goals were the equaliser in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, and the winning spot-kick in the subsequent penalty shoot-out.

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