Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set to retire at the end of next season, he has announced.
The Ivorian is now 39 years old playing for Phoenix Rising in the USA’s second tier.
“Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season,” Drogba told RMC Sport.
“At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects. It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.”
Drogba ended a second spell at Chelsea in the summer of 2015, when he moved across the Atlantic to play for Montreal Impact.
Overall, the Ivorian scored 164 goals in 381 Chelsea appearances and has been voted the club’s greatest ever player by fans.
Ivory Coast’s top goalscorer of all-time, Drogba is likely to spend his post-retirement time focusing on the Didier Drogba Foundation, which strives to improve lives in his hometown through projects such as building a hospital.