“I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea,” Drogba said on the club website. “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.”
The Ivory Coast striker enjoyed a glittering eight years in the Premier League in which he won three league titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.
He capped his trophy-laden career at the west London club by starring in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich Saturday, when he scored a late equalizer before netting the decisive penalty in the shootout.
“Didier is undoubtedly a Chelsea legend and will always be part of the Chelsea family,” Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said.