Drogba set to leave Chelsea

Updated: Nov 29, 2011, 18:02 PM IST

London: Didier Drogba has turned down a 12-month extension to stay at Chelsea and is all set to walk away from the club after rejecting a January move to AC Milan.

The striker, 33, is in the final season of his 120,000 pound-a-week contract at Chelsea.

Now he is poised to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent next summer for a lucrative switch to Russia or Qatar, according to a leading daily.

Drogba`s agent Thierno Seydi claimed: "Didier has had the offer of a one-year extension from Chelsea. That does not suit us. We know what we want, where we want to go and what offers we have.”

"AC Milan came in for Didier on loan with an option to buy but I said ``No`` straight away. Their offer did not interest us. At Didier`s age, he has nothing left to prove as a player. He will go where he is offered the most money."

"It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia. Once you are well into your thirties you have to go to a club where you can be certain you`ll be able to pay your bills.”

"LA Galaxy are a possibility among many others. He has been linked with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, as they pay well. But neither Didier nor I have had an offer from them," The agent added.

Drogba was signed by Jose Mourinho from Marseille for 24 million pounds back in 2004 and has scored 146 goals in his seven years at Chelsea.

ANI