“They tried hard to keep me, but after eight years of trying to achieve something the feeling is, “What next?”
“I told the Big Boss (Roman Abramovich) and he said he understood my feelings and that I have blue blood and will be a Chelsea player for ever.
“Now it is a new era and Chelsea are in good hands with Fernando. He’ll do the job.
“He’s been through difficult moments, but it took me three years to properly settle – it’s not easy to play here.”
The Ivory Coast captain’s next move is not known yet, but he’s not short on offers. Most feelers expect to join Nicolas Anelka at Sheanghai Shenhua in China, but he’s being courted by an MLS team and some European sides too.
However he says he will not join another Premiership side. Even as he expects to return to the Blues in some capacity in future.
“Who knows, I could come back as manager one day – I’d cut the grass if they asked me to.”