Didier Drogba announces plan to retire from football next year

Didier Drogba

The 39-year-old - who scored some 164 goals over two spells with the Blues and helped them win the 2012 Champions League final - is now playing for American club Phoenix Rising in the second-tier United Soccer League, where he is a co-owner.

The 39-year-old who is now playing for USL side Phoenix Rising in the United States, is to devote his time to other projects.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?"

As of late, Drogba appears to have shifted towards off-field projects, and he made history when joining Phoenix Rising by becoming the first-ever player-owner of a football club.

And Drogba, who lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy with Chelsea in 2012, has announced he will bring down the curtain on a 20-year career in the game.

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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.

"Ah, do you want a scoop?"

He added, "At some point you have to stop. It's good to play, but at 39 [age] holds me back a bit".

"Now, was I part of the project when I wanted to come back?"

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