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Sad news, people. Didier Drogba to leave?


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No words can describe how much I love this guy, absolute legend and will be a great miss; for his goals, his monstrous performances, his defensive prowess (although not the penalties he keeps giving away!) and his fantastic character. Talk about going out on a high! Thank you Didier.(going to buy a shirt with his name on anyway)

Fernando Torres, time to step up!

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Hero, villain, total legend. He's had me raging so many times over the years but he truly is just extraordinary and should (and will) be remembered as such.

good summary . On his day the best in the business and would give sleepless nights and scare any defender in any team in Europe , that to me is a sign of a true great player .

I wish him the best wherever he goes (apart from any other English team but i doubt he would ).

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Reading this has me rather emotional. Will always be remembered, the stats speak for themselves. Nobody quite has the ability to terrorise defenders like the drog.

Step up fernando you have large orange boots to fill.

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I'll wait till it's official, I do think if his mind was made up before the final and regardless what happened in it - that's what he would stick to. He would have discussed his plans with his wife, kids and family etc - I sincerely hope its not true but if it is, can you bow out a greater way?

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This thread is probably a bit premature, but I feel certain he's off, and if he is, it's the right decision, however it came about.

The greatest centre-forward we have ever had. Possibly the greatest player. A very special individual.

It's the perfect way to go, and go he should.

The truth is Drogba cannot be a bit-part player, that is not his style. He has to be the main man and he is incapable of that role on a week-to-week basis. We need someone to fill his boots week-in week-out, and I don't believe anyone can truly do that with Drogba hovering around in the shadows, because Drogba is a very imposing personality, and a very imposing presence. We need to move on. It is in all our interests.

We may not get someone as good as him but that's not the point. The point is we need to find another main man, a man who claims that centre-forward berth as his own, and delivers the goods, every week. Drogba is not that man, so what do you do, you give whoever is that man a chance, and the only way to give him that chance is to get rid of Drogba, and Drogba's done it now, there's nothing more to do, go with our best wishes, we love you.

Who can do the job? Torres? No. My opinion. I just don't like the cut of his jib. My opinion. He's helped us win the CL so it's far from a disastrous signing but we should try and cash in on him now and go for someone else, someone with a better mentality. I will get sh*t for saying this but I don't care. He's never scored a goal that's won a game for us, in 18 months. He hasn't shown me he has the balls. He's been good of late and he's a useful player to have around but he has to be the main man otherwise he's not happy and I don't think he has the requisite balls for the role. Not for Chelsea. He just doesn't strike me as a Chelsea player.

Prior to the penalty shoot-out he spent the entire time playing with his hair, grooming it and adjusting his alice band. That's what I saw on tv. It was in stark contrast to everyone else. As I was thinking about who should take penalties, the person I was most worried about was Torres. There was fear in his face. Every penalty-taker spoke individually to Robbie, so it could have come as no surprise when the list was read out, yet Torres acted petulantly. There is no other word for it. It's on tv folks. Watch it again. I've watched that shoot-out quite a few times since. Robbie has a word and grabs him by the arm, trying to placate him, and Torres is stern, asking Robbie to release his arm. It's poor mentality. He's stressed and is acting inappropriately at exactly the wrong time, when the team need to stick together and stand tall. I've said it ever since he joined us, too immersed in his own head. Mentally there is something wrong. I was very worried that he might have to take one, because the camera stayed on his face, and all I could see was fear, a player whose head was in completely the wrong place, and it was so unnecessary. He had played well. I had been shouting for him to come on. He is a good player, but the man to take over the mantle of being our main man? Not for me.

I realise the reaction this might cause. People are very touchy on the subject of Torres but I speak as I find. If I was manager I would call it quits, let him leave, and seek my own replacement. We won and that's all that matters and I am not angry with Torres, not in any way, and I don't want to hijack this thread, but I heard his interview after the match and he said he had expected to start, and it was clear from those scenes before the shoot-out there was something going on in his head, and I don't think the comments he has been reported as saying after the match should be easily dismissed. He tried his hardest, he played well, he helped us win the cup, but I think he felt aggrieved, even more so when he was snubbed for a spot-kick, but I didn't like his reaction. In the end it didn't matter and he was ecstatic, and that's good to see.

He wants to be the main man and I understand, and it would be a shame to see such talent go, but after Drogba, we need someone with a quality that transcends talent, and it's a quality you can't put a price on, you've either got it or you ain't. I want to know, truthfully, how many of you would have felt confident had Torres stepped up? Penalties are about pressure. There's lots of pressure at Chelsea. Everyone wants you to fail.

We're European Champions, he's a European Champion, and so's Drogba. Personally I think they should both leave, it's a good time, everyone on a high. I want to see a new centre-forward at Chelsea, but that's just me.

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He has literally achieved everything possible here. Redemption for Moscow and legendary status. We have to let go of him eventually, and I'm glad he's deciding to leave (if he does) on his own terms - on the highest high imaginable.

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Torres now you need to prove that you are Chelsea, you need to step up, yes you are going to be compared but its up to you to make us believe that you can be even better that Drogba. You have the talent to be the best now go out there and show us you are if not then I am happy for you to leave...

I am sure Lukaku will now also be on your heels so its up to you Nando!

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Going out on a high if the rumours are true for a big pay day in China. Deserves every penny, much of which he will no doubt put to good use with his Charity Foundation. Next season will probably be an anti-climax after this one so it's probably for the best. The best striker in the world on his day. Legend.

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Sad news but its time we moved on hes 34 now and it time to let Torres take over and try and make himself a chelsea legend like drogba .

what a way to go out though , scored the winning penalty to win the Champions League Final with his last EVER kick for Chelsea , you couldnt write that script !

LEGEND <3

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He may not see these posts, but if this story is true, id like to say goodbye n good luck drogs..I believe you are a chelsea legend..Thank you for all you have done for us...Thanks for all the mixed emotions you made us go through...Most of us love you man,and it is with great emotion, i will say goodbye.

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I thought after our win on saturday that this is perhaps the best moment for Drobga to leave. He has now won everything with us (apart from the world cup for clubs or whatever it's called, but that one isn't perhaps that big) and the way he helped us in the final really puts him in the spotlight and could get him some good offers.

And I bet it would feel good to end it now when he's just won the biggest of them all.

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