Despite - or perhaps because of - John Terry leading the chants of 'Didier Drogba, we want you to stay' during bus-top
celebrations, Chelsea have confirmed that the iconic Ivorian will depart after his contract expires this summer.
The 34-year-old commented on Chelsea's website: "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."
Drogba's last kick in a Chelsea shirt is then set to be the winning penalty in the Champions League final after Drog had also equalised in the closing minutes of normal time to keep Chelsea in the match. Former teammate Arjen Robben ensured Drogba will be remembered for the right reasons by missing the penalty which the striker had conceded in extra time.
With Nicolas Anelka having already departed London for Chinese pastures, a trip to asia and the inevitable payday it will bring (wages in excess of £250,000 a week have been touted) is firm favourite to be Drogba's destination.
Anelka is currently player/coach at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua who as yet have not appointed a new manager following Jean Tigana's dismissal last month, the lack of clarity as to the coaching situation has riled the notoriously broody French striker as he commented to a Chinese newspaper, "If there is still no one to support me and (they) continue to play little tricks behind my back ... then I will quickly decide whether or not to retire,"
Former Argentina manager, Sergio Batista has been tipped to takeover as head coach whilst Drogba tops the list of transfer targets and is 4/9 to join up with his ex-Chelsea teammate - if the tempestuous Anelka stays, of course. Other cash-laden clubs such as Russian side Anzhi, PSG and Malaga are next in the betting for Drogba's next club. Full odds below.