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Chelsea Star Set To Retire At The End Of The Season

Didier Drogba could hang up his boots.

Experienced Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is likely to announce his retirement at the end of the season, report the Express, as the Blues close in on a deal to bring young Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric to the club from HNK Rijeka in a £7.5 million deal.

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Despite being the main back up to Diego Costa this season, being used more regularly than fellow summer signing Loic Remy, the 36 year-old is believed to be considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season to allow younger blood to come through into the first team.

Prolific Croatian Kramaric is expected to conclude a move to Stamford Bridge in the near future and, whilst he is likely to complete this season on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, Jose Mourinho is planning on the 23 year-old being a part of his first team squad from next season onwards, potentially pushing Drogba further away from the first team.

A genuine Chelsea legend, Drogba returned to the club in the summer on a free transfer from Turkish giants Galatasaray, two years after leaving following helping them to win their first Champions League title – with his final kick during his first spell being the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Bayern Munich.

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