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Chelsea and Didier Drogba will announce the striker's departure in the next few days, with both sides reconciled to the fact after Saturday's Champions League final.

Didier Drogba will soon leave Chelsea and Nicolas Anelka, right, joined Shangai Shenhua from Chelsea in January

Chelsea ready to let Champions League hero Didier Drogba leave

Chelsea and Didier Drogba will announce the striker's departure in the next few days, with both sides reconciled to the fact that a parting of the ways after Saturday's victorious Champions League final is now inevitable.

Didier Drogba salutes the crowd after his winner last night

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We are a big happy family, insists Mata

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The Chelsea goalkeeper is not suited to be the 'sweeper-keeper' preferred by Villas-Boas

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Andre Villas-Boas has identified Chelsea's long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech as one of a number of players who would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season as part of the comprehensive overhaul of the club's ageing squad the Portuguese has planned should he remain in place as manager next summer.

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Anelka will go as Chelsea target Napoli ace

Nicolas Anelka has been told by Andre Villas-Boas that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge in January, as the Chelsea manager intends to recruit a striker as part of an accelerated revamp of his ageing squad. The 34-year-old Portuguese, under pressure following a run of three defeats in four games, hopes to make at least three signings in the winter transfer window to ensure his team qualify for next season's Champions League.

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Stoke 0 Chelsea 0

Terry claims Villas-Boas (Chelsea manager No 8) here for long haul

It says something for Chelsea's ruthlessness that Andre Villas-Boas is the eighth manager John Terry has worked under. Of the men who might now be England captain, Steven Gerrard, who made his Premier League debut in the same year, 1998, as Terry, has had half that number. Rio Ferdinand, who started his professional career two years earlier, has had three.

Fernando Torres scores in Andre Villas-Boas' first Chelsea win

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French launch inquiry into allegations of racial quota

The French Football Federation has begun an inquiry into claims that the national team coach, Laurent Blanc, and other coaches secretly agreed on a quota restricting the number of black and Arab players in national training programmes.

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