Didier Drogba’s Champions League winning penalty will almost certainly be his last act in a Chelsea shirt with the club set to announce his departure to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer.
The Ivory Coast international scored the decisive spot kick during the shootout with Bayern Munich to crown the Blues as Champions of Europe for the first time but a source close to SqueakyBumTime has revealed that he won’t be extending his eight-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chief executive Ron Gourlay is expected to sit down and speak with Drogba’s advisors to discuss the one-year extension being offered to the 34-year-old who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Marseille in 2004.
With Chelsea refusing to budge on their original proposal it looks as if the striker, who’s contract expires in the summer, will leave the club and link up with former team-mate Nicholas Anelka in China with some reports suggesting he’ll be earning £250,000-a-week in the Far East.
He may not be the only frontman heading for the West London departure lounge after Fernando Torres future at the club was plunged into doubt following the £50 million striker’s comments stating hi displeasure at playing a bit-part role for much of the season.
The Spaniard was also unhappy after being overlooked by Roberto Di Matteo for the penalty shootout in Munich on Saturday despite being seen to say ‘yes’ when asked if he was prepared to take a spot kick.
Even with Drogba set to leave the club it’s unlikely that Chelsea will rely solely on Torres to spearhead their attack with owner Roman Abramovich already sounding out several striking targets.
With former club Atletico Madrid and Malaga sniffing around the 28-year-old, he could opt for a return to La Liga after an underwhelming 18-months on Kings Road since arriving from Liverpool.