Didier Drogba, 34, has put an end to the taboo and has announced publicly that he is to leave Chelsea FC. As he leaves, he declares that fellow striker Fernando Torres is the future. As he leaves, thanking everyone at Chelsea, he says Torres, 28, will prove himself next season.
"It's been difficult for him, but he has showed he is the man. Next season is going to be his season and I will try to speak to him," declared Drogba rto BBC Sport, saying "Torres is the man".
Drogba, from the Ivory Coast, has spent eight successful years with Chelsea FC and has declared in an interview with BBC Radio 5 that he will leave as a free agent this Summer, claiming "We made history together". Drogba made 342 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Marseille in 2004 and scored 157 goals. He won the following trophies: Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10; FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12; League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07 Champions League: 2011-12. He scored nine goals in nine finals.
Premier League top goalscorer: 2007, 2010
Russia: First Summer Soccer break
Russia decided to change its soccer system to include a Summer soccer break like other European clubs and break with a tradition of a winter recess. This season was a 44-match marathon, the main highlights of which were the following:
Champions: FC Zenit St Petersburg - Champions League Group stage; Cup final: FC Dinamo Moskva 0-1 FC Rubin Kazan - Europa League, Play-off stage; Runners-up FC Spartak Moskva - Champions League Third Qualifying round; PFC CSKA Moskva Europa League Play-off stage; FC Dinamo Moskva Europa League Third qualifying round; FC Anzhi Makhachkala Europa League Second qualifying round.
Player of the Year: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (FC Zenit St Petersburg)
Leading scorer: Seydou Doumbia, PFC CSKA Moskva (28)
Relegated: FC Tom Tomsk, FC Spartak Nalchik
Promoted: FC Mordovia Saransk, FC Alania Vladikavkaz