After an illustrious career in the game, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has confirmed that next season will be his last.

Drogba, who is now 39, is set to hang up his boots at the end of the 2017/18 season. He told French news outlet RMC Sport, as covered by the Evening Standard, that next season will be his swansong.

Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season. At some point you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects. It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.

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The former Ivory Coast international enjoyed the best years of his career at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and is sure to go down as one of the greatest ever players for the Blues.

Drogba won four Premier League titles during his stint with Chelsea and won the Golden Boot on two occasions.

The powerful centre forward is currently contracted to Phoenix Rising and is plying his trade out in America. It looks as though Drogba will end his career playing in the United Soccer League before he looks ahead to “other projects”.