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Drogba`s Swan Song?

Against Blackburn, Drogba came on as a sub today for young Lukaku, who was having himself a good game I'm pleased to write.

But the sub itself was noteworthy for a reason that I'm sure is obvious to all of you: in all likelihood, it was a final goodbye gesture from arguably our greatest striker ever at Chelsea.

I don`t want to be too presumptuous, but the idea of no Drogba next season—well, I'm really sad about it.

Drogba's age and the presence of Torres give ammunition to those who want him gone. I'm not interested in starting that debate because there`s really nothing to add that hasn`t already been expressed ten times over.

I simply want to applaud Drogba for an absolutely unbelievable Chelsea career.

Watching him play over the years has brought me great joy.

It has been a privilege, Didier!



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Writer: RadioactiveD Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 13 2012

Time: 7:20PM

Your Comments

If he is to leave it will be very sad it was a privilege to have Drogba play for us.
Drog_legend
an absolute legend in my book!
merlin
I hoped he'd retire at the Bridge. Nothing more, nothing less to say than this : L.E.G.E.N.D.
FrLamp
Think @Mq might be happy to see the back of him, but I think he's proved this season that he can still cut it at the highest level. If its your last game at the bridge then good luck on the final part of your playing career. As FrLamp said L.E.G.E.N.D
zolas_apprentice
I'll really miss his Wembley goals, his goals against Arsenal and more and more of those important goals he's scored for us. I'll also miss the time-wasting and bullying of opposition defences. LEGEND. You will be really missed. I want to see him sign off with a bang by scoring in the UCL final.
varun.trueblue
I'll really miss his Wembley goals, his goals against Arsenal and more and more of those important goals he's scored for us. I'll also miss the time-wasting and bullying of opposition defences. LEGEND. You will be really missed. I want to see him sign off with a bang by scoring in the UCL final.
varun.trueblue
Drogba will always be remembered, if he is leaving in the summer, I hope he goes out with a bang, helping us to the Champions League. Go Drogba!
AMLang
great person, real legend, never let club down by bad off field activities. and true legend. hats off to you DD... all the best. i think DD will hang his boots within 2 years. because i think he has realised that his country needs him more than anything else. and he will true leader for his country also. i hope so. hats off to you sir!!!
ChampionBlue
The Champions League gold medal will be a fitting high-point for Drogba's career. He deserves nothing less especially in view of previous heartaches and controversies in the Champions League. Hope that negotiations between the club and him will result in an extension to his contract.
Blue Day
if he does leave be sure we here at VC will cover his Chelsea career in great detail in a series of articles
merlin
I've got nothing to add, everyone has covered it. What a man, what a player, what a legend. The best striker we've ever had, the spearhead and cornerstone behind all our success under abramovich, now let's send him out with the biggest prize of them all next week. God bless you didier drogba, should this indeed be your final hour in a Chelsea all I can say is thank you with all my heart.
Hazzabee
Great idea merlin!
Hazzabee
It will be a painful goodbye really, will always remember his screamer against everton and tottenham that was really unbelievable goal. Really hope we win in Munich to give him a very grateful goodbye for what he has done for Chelsea (if he truly leaving)
MrChelseaBridge
Lol where is vok_julle actually? The serial Drogba hater. It's been a long time since we last saw him here.
FrLamp
If Henry gets a statue at the Emirates, I can't fathom why Drogba shouldn't have one at SB!
RadioactiveD
spot on Radio
caspar_blue
What a Legend! I feel privelaged to of met the man and watch him grace our blue shirt...i honestly cannot wrap my head around him not being at CFC but I guess I might have to. Didier Drogba tralalalalala Didier Drogba traaalalala!
JuniorCFC21
Upsetting if he does leave.Anyone know if he waved to the crowd?
BlueBlaze
What a complete stupidity it would be to let Drogba go. He should get a one year extension right now! He's still got it and with Torres still in bad form it is very risky. He's a big game player and a true legend.
Drog of War
zolas_apprentice i think there is Someone more Happy to se Drogbe leave. Arsene Wenger and all the Arsenal fans.
Lakupiippu
As has been said by all above if this was Drogs final competitive game at Stamford Bridge he will be sorely missed. He is one of those Larger than life characters. When he is up for it even now he is virtually unplayable and is one of the most complete strikers in the modern game, one of the best back to goal strikers, deadly in the air, able to use both feet, great ball crosser and decent defensive presence especially on aerial balls. One can only imagine what other heights Drogs would have reached if his career had taken of sooner..by todays standards he was really a late bloomer.
GabeU
The Drog ain't going on the evidence of today's sub appearance. RDM wanted to see how Drogs and Torres play together in a different system with neither of them having to play on the wings a probable 4-4-2 formation. But I still think, RDM shall go only with Drogs all alone, then try to bring in Torres after 70 mins. Its a joke of a poll out here which says 70% Torres #Deluded
Kikan
He hasn't signed a new contract, Kikan. There's all the proof you need. And thanks for your predictions. We apparently have one more person who believes in prophecy. You'll fit right in.
RadioactiveD
absolute LEGEND!!!!
Gondo
Drogba=Legend!!!!
jay-cisc
This whole thread is a little premature
BlueABS
I'd rather see how we go on the 19th, Didier hopefully plays a huge part in us winning it, then announce he is leaving the Club gracefully, organise a goodbye Charity match at SB all proceeds to his Foundation. He would have no problem getting the worlds' top players to participate. And I bet the ground would be close to full capacity. A fitting end and send off for a huge Chelsea LEGEND.
BlueABS
Premature? I hope so, BlueABS. But I wrote it out of respect for the possibility that it isn't premature.
RadioactiveD
Second all that, RD.
Carefree_1990
if it's true just one more form drogba is all we need
ktm_blues
Did u guys see Abramovich stood and applauded when he came as a substitute for Lukaku. What a fantastic Owner. We are lucky to have both Abra and Drogs at our club at the same time. Drogs has been giving his 100 % even though he is not sure of staying here. To me he is the best centre forward. Torres may have been class but at 34 , I hardly doubt there will be any one can play like Drogs. he has probvided important goals when we needed the most. I would be happy if he is associated to our club by one way or the other forever. Lets win this CL for us Drogs. That will fulfill your career as player in club who has won everything. Make us proud as always you do. If we win CL , he can leave for a bigger payday.
Jay Blue 7
Lukaku got the man of the match award I think. For a 18 year old guy , its something good. That will give lot of confidence to him. I am if he continues to play well , he can emulate Drogs. Way to go.
Jay Blue 7
LoL @ZOLA I still appreciate what he's done for us but we need new, better (technically) and younger (more energy) heroes...I watched Dortmund all season and I'd sell even Torr-mentor (my best player) for us to replicate that
@Mq
if he leaves au revior DTD...appreciate what you've done
@Mq
Modern day Chelsea legend. It has been a privilege to watch him play for us and score all kinds of goals. When he does retire from the game, I can bet he'll make a huge impact in Cote de Ivoire's politics. Hell, he could even get elected as president, such is his popularity there!
blueklaw
It has been ..but he is a winner,... he will give us one last gift..a gift we will chrish for our lives.. come 19th ull see the beast unleashed...!! GO DROGBA !!
slash_blue
I hope this is wrong, I want him to stay til retirement. He's the greatest no 9 I've ever seen. He's a big character he will be missed, if he goes let's hope he's the spearhead for munchen and he signs off in true Drogba style. A legend and a gentleman.
Pantisocrates
It will be real tough to replace Drogba....But i think it wont be a necessary to replace drogba as the owner wants out style to be changed....So, to suit our new style, we need strikers like torres....anyway,If he leaves (which is almost 95% sure) I will miss Drogba for his wembley goals, hold-up plays & him bullying the best PL defenders , his play-actings in the field, and of course his PRESENCE in the team....
Blu_run
We will always remember one of our own, didi was the best striker in the premier league, all those times he's terrorised arsenal, goals at wembley and may more, and yes didier should retire hire, but the club has stuck to its policy of offering 1 year extensions to players over 30, if it backs down now then it plays into the hands of other players of that age. We've offered didier what we feel to be correct, he wants more than that. All good things have to come to an end.
Blue1989
Radio - I have no doubt that your intentions were ALL GOOD. I think has been so important to us that the last 30mins of the last game at the Bridge, when no announcement has yet been made by him, that he deserves a better send off if we part company. He may have been waving goodbye, I hope not, well not just yet. I for one, would like it to be a ceremonial occasion when we know his decision.
BlueABS
drogba want drogba to leave on high. if he stays we again start slashing him for not playing well in less important matches. i dont want that to happen. he is on high now, so guve ur best for one last time and live and leave like hero and legend
ChampionBlue
He really needed some time in the game and that was maybe the perfect time for him to say good bye.
Kendemsblue
I surprised myself because I was genuinely choked when it dawned on me Didier had come on to say good bye and was waving goodbye at the end. A great player who still has something to offer and a great man, we will miss him but we are right not to offer him a 2 year deal, shame he won't take the one year on offer but that's his choice and his decision should be respected. Would love him to sign off as a Champions League winner!
SpanishBlue
I will really miss him
CarefreeJAK
SB, I had almost exactly the same experience. It's possible I misread the moment, but between the abruptness of pulling Lukaku, who was playing well, and Roman standing up to applaud Drogba, it felt like a goodbye. It happened quickly, but I immediately felt sadness. I really have loved watching Drogba over the years.
RadioactiveD
oil b very sorry to see drogs go. but i'd say there's an air of inevitability about it. all good things etc....thanks for the memories didier mate!
trueblue44
A true CFC LEGEND, probably our best big game player by a mile over the last 8 yrs. I wld love him 2 leave dis summer as a legend cos anytin more might jst go wrong. A very big THANK YOU to a good servant of our club.
Bunmiemich
trueblue44 - are you Popeye in disguise?!
SpanishBlue
Malouda is also leaving, at least mention him =))
Al£x-Pat0
LoL let's not tarnish Drogba's article with garbage like Malouda...
@Mq
fav goal: the back to goal score against Liverpool (akin to the 1st goal against Spurs in the FA Cup semi final this year)... worst memory: Champs League final against ManU
@Mq
He know where he will be next season.
Kendemsblue
Liverpool's goal,same with barca,everton's goal, arsenal league goals,jeez the spurs goal and valencia quarter final goal against the inform David villa,silva,miguel and carnizares!
Desmondadonis
He is a legend yes, but his time is up.
Kendemsblue
 

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