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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to push ahead with retirement plans

Drogba to push ahead with retirement plans
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Phoenix Rising striker Didier Drogba confirms that he will bring an end to his playing career later this year at the age of 40.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has reiterated that he intends to bring an end to his career at the close of the United Soccer League season.

The former Marseille and Shanghai Shenhua striker, who turned 40 at the weekend, will see out his playing days with American side Phoenix Rising.

Drogba outlined his desire to retire last November and, four months on, the ex-Ivory Coast international will push ahead with those plans.

"It's really a pleasure for me to play," he told Telefoot. "I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot.

"I'm surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I'm 40, it's time now."

Drogba featured 381 times for Chelsea during his two spells at Stamford Bridge, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups and one Champions League.

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Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
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