Didier Drogba has announced Sunday's clash with Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player as he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Ivorian made a surprise return to Stamford Bridge
last summer on a one-year contract and has chipped in with crucial goals
against Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City to help Jose
Mourinho's men secure a first Premier League title since 2010 - and
Drogba's fourth of an illustrious career.
And while Drogba
insists he is not yet ready to hang up his boots just yet, the
37-year-old has confirmed he is once again calling time on his Chelsea
career - though he expects to return to the club in a non-playing
"I want to play for at least one more season and in
order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club," he
told the club's official website.
"All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to be back here in the future in another role."
first left Chelsea in the summer of 2012, having scored the dramatic
equaliser and winning penalty in the club's miraculous Champions League
final triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
for his career with the Blues, Drogba will captain the side against Dick
Advocaat's team before the team get their hands on the Premier League
trophy at full-time.