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The powerful striker has announced that his time at the club is coming to an end this summer after an eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge that will be forever remembered

By Chris Myson

Chelsea have confirmed that star striker Didier Drogba will be leaving the club when his contract expires next month.

The Ivorian spent eight years with the Blues in a highly successful - and often controversial - career at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old said: "I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea.

"It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have achieved but the time is right for a new challenge for me."

The hitman's Blues career ended with the perfect high, as Chelsea secured their first-ever Champions League trophy at the weekend with a dramatic penalty shootout victory, a match in which he played a crucial role and struck the winning spot kick in his final action for the club. looks back at all the highs and lows from his time at Stamford Bridge...

Welcome to England | Chelsea sign Drogba for £24m in July 2004

Tough start | Injury problems affect his first season at the Bridge

First trophy | Scores in extra time as Blues beat Liverpool to win League Cup

Champions | Chelsea win the Premier League in his first season

Diver? | Drogba develops a reputation for going to ground too easily

Champions again | Title is retained but Drogba only managed 16 goals

Big-game player | Man of the match as Blues win another League Cup in 2007

Wembley hero | Last-gasp goal against United gives Chelsea 2007 FA Cup

Key man | No league title in '07 but Drogba enjoys a great season with 33 goals

Future doubts | Drogba says he may leave & cries after Mourinho exit

Defeat | Scores in another final but Blues lose to Tottenham in 2008 League Cup

Moscow madness | Sent off in disgrace as Chelsea lose Champions League final

Costly rant | Gets six-game Euro ban after infamous 2009 CL exit to Barcelona

Back in the silverware | Scores in another FA Cup final, this time v Everton in '09

Champions again | Hat-trick in last game secures 2010 Premier League glory

Double glory | Winner in Portsmouth FA Cup final earns Blues first-ever Double

Best season | Drogba is the key man in Double glory with 37 goals

Torres trouble | Struggles alongside £50m signing in trophyless 2011

Glory | Scores in first leg of 2012 CL semi-final win over Barca

Cup class | Chelsea win the FA Cup final v Liverpool with Drog again on target

History in Munich | Scores equaliser & winning pen to finally secure CL glory

End of an era | Announces he will leave when contract expires this summer

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