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Drogba leaves Chelsea – Goodbye Didier, We will miss you

The journey that started in 2004 has come to an end. Didier Drogba will leave the club as a legend, which is probably a fitting send-off given his service to the club. Didier Drogba has had an incredible amount of highs and lows during his eight-year stint at Stamford Bridge. However, for him to go out having won the biggest prize of all in the form a Champions League title is the fitting reward, although I believe that Drogba should have stayed for one more year to help us win the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Over the years, Drogba came extremely close to leaving the club – none more so than after the exit of José Mourinho. His decision to stay, though, has reaped rewards, which might be tough to better in the future. His trophy haul – three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one Champions League, two League Cups – in the last eight years is nothing short of amazing.

The greatest strength of Drogba has been that he can adjust to every way of playing. He has power, pace, skills, and finishing that can be used in any conceivable way, although that has not been the case with the managers up until Roberto di Matteo. Almost every one of them has used Drogba as a lone target man up front.

It was quite conceivable during one stage that Didier Drogba would have been remembered as someone who was on the floor for most of the match. However, his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt has surely put him amongst the likes of Peter Osgood and Kerry Dixon. The fact that he has helped Chelsea win the Champions League almost single-handedly will forever live in the memory of Chelsea fans. We have relied on his goals so much so that it will certainly be an interesting few months ahead at Chelsea in the transfer market.

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It is almost as if his presence at the club has not allowed any striker to make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps, with him gone, it may be time for Fernando Torres to shine. No matter what happens with the Spaniard, Didier Drogba will be remembered as one of the greats in our history.

In many ways, it almost feels like Drogba is forced out of Chelsea because the club are so desperate to see the £ 50 million signing Fernando Torres succeed. Even if it is the case, Drogba can leave with his head held high. Goodbye Drogba, but we hope to see you at Stamford Bridge in the future.