Didier Drogba planning football retirement in 2018

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has backed manager Antonio Conte to weather the storm at Stamford Bridge, and keep his job, despite many people calling for his head.

The Ivory Coast superstar - who now plays for USL side Phoenix Rising - announced his decision to RMC Sport today, saying: "Ah, do you want a scoop?

I think next year will be my last season", Drogba told RMC Sport.

"If that's the case, it's that you want to leave".

In nine years at Stamford Bridge - over two spells - the forward scored 164 times for the Blues, including a crucial goal and the winning penalty as they won the Champions League in 2012.

"At some point you have to stop".

Didier Drogba
GETTY Drogba hinted he would retire next season

"I asked him [Abramovich]: 'We have had how many managers in how many seasons?' He replied: 'But Didier, each time I have done it, we have got results'".

His initial stay in London coincided with one of the most successful periods in Chelsea's history, during which they also won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

Provided Drogba does play into next year it means his professional senior career would have spanned an incredible 20 years.

He added, "It's good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit".

Drogba has also enjoyed spells at Marseille and Galatasaray before he ventured into Major League Soccer with Montreal Impact.

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