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Drogba to call it quits



Ivory Coast soccer ace Didier Drogba says he will retire from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which he intends to play with his side.

The former Chelsea talisman says he is contemplating on stepping down for younger generations after almost a decade playing with the Elephants, but not before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well.

“This Africa Cup of Nations edition will be no doubt my last edition. At a time in life, you have to step aside, and I can confirm that after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, if we qualify, it would certainly be the time for me to say goodbye to international football,” Drogba told France Football on Thursday.

However, the former Marseille top scorer will not be quitting club engagements after the mondial, but intends to play till age 39.

“This is not my last contract. If I’m able to achieve my objectives at the end of my contract with Shanghai Shenhua in 2014, I’d love to attempt another adventure, maybe in the United States.

“I had some proposals last summer but they all looked like what I had in England. I wanted to move far way to another culture. I’ll be 37 then and I think I can still play because I’m always a young man in front of the ball,” he said.

Drogba, now 34, joined the Ivory Coast national team in 2004 and remains the all time top scorer with 58 goals.

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