Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retire from football

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Didier Drogba seems set to call time on his playing career after the 2018 United Soccer League (USL) season to focus on other projects.

Drogba is now with Phoenix Rising, where he is also a part-owner, and has admitted that age is finally catching up with him when asked about the retirement question this week.

Now with Phoenix Rising, Drogba told RMC: "What I am going to say about Marseille is sensitive and will be reported".

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Drogba, 39, is now plying his trade for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, and reveals this season will be his last as a professional footballer. "I think next year will be my last season", he said.

In total he played 381 times for the Blues, scoring 164 times; Drogba also won the Premier League on four occasions, the FA Cup four times and netted the winning penalty when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League.

'At some point, you have to stop. "It's good to play, but at 39 [age] holds me back a bit". I need time for my other projects.

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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.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2015 to move to America and spent two seasons with Montreal Impact in the MLS.

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