Didier Drogba gave a fascinating insight into his Chelsea career, plans for the future and his highs and lows. Here is the full interview in Q&A form. "No it is not." "First of all thank you for coming here today and spending some time with me and I didn't want to do a big thing, with a big announcement, but I just want to say Saturday was my last Chelsea game and it has been a fantastic eight years. It's been a pleasure and an honour to wear the blue shirt and to achieve everything we did here, all these trophies. The best for me was to finish on a high with this Champions League Final. It was the best of the best, the creme de la creme as we say in French." "Not yet, I will have time to make my decision, but the most important thing for me was to stop all these rumours about playing or not for Chelsea next year. It was important, not that I am getting tired of all the questions, but I think it is good for everyone to know at a certain point this is the end of eight years of constant improvement, constant big moment, like for me to play for Chelsea was the best thing that could happen to me in my life. Not only as a player but as a person. "Of course I have played in many team, good teams, great team with great people. But I never spent eight years in a club so for me it was a kind of experience and I think it is the experience which helped me to become a better player, a much better now than what I was before, because of the important of the games you play here. You have to become more mature, you get use to the pressure so you develop a few skills that I didn't think I could have and what you saw in my game all these years – I think you have seen some improvement, I hope from the time where I needed to understand the English game. "From there to now I think there is a big change and I am very happy to listen to all these people I had around me, all the players, all the managers, who gave me all their support, always trying to help me when times were difficult. That happens in football and in life, in general, so really those eight years really change me and improved me as a man. "Really I made a lot of friends here, which very difficult normally in football, and they will be my friends for life because we made history here all together and for me the most important thing that will stay in my head is that we made history for the club, for the fans and for ourselves." "It was very difficult and for example if we didn't win the Champions League it would have been very difficult for me to leave because we have been chasing this trophy for eight years, since I am here and we were always close to it. We even saw the cup in Moscow, walking by it, and we could not touch it and that was the challenge for the boys for the guys who were in Moscow. The guys who were in Moscow wanted to go back and win it. "So I'm really happy because it is important as a man, not only as a player, as a man to fix some targets and try to achieve them. We wanted to win the Champions League and we did everything to do that. It cost us the league, we were out a long time ago. Some decisions put the club in a dangerous situation, because we had to win the Champions League just to play in the competition next season. But I think it was worth it." "No they have tried. They tried hard enough. Again my decision is not based on what the club offered me or not. It is not based on money because to stay here was not a question of money, as people claimed. It was not a money situation here we never spoke about money. It was mainly discussions, to find agreements always and I have always been happy with what I have here with contracts, and my family were happy, so it's not about the money. "It's just this I think it's time. When you do eight years trying to achieve the best thing. When you are looking for something like the Cl for years and years and you finally get it, what's next?" "No. I think the club I could stay as long as I was performing. And as long as the club wanted me. It's not like they don't want me no more. I don't think so. It's my decision and we sat down all together and everybody understands that, the boss, Ron (Gourlay) and everyone on the board they respect my decision and I know what I did for them and they know what they did for me." "It was very difficult because for most of them, I would not say we created Chelsea, but we started a new era and we were lucky to be part of this from eight years ago. Even the boys like Frank and JT and Carlo Cudicini who were here before that. Because of the performances they put on in the seasons before, I was able to come to the club, and we built something really strong on terms of identity. "And now we go everywhere in the world and everyone knows about Chelsea. You go to Afirca people speak about Chelsea, I see kids wearing shirts in the streets. India, everywhere, Chelsea is a brand and we are very proud to have achieve what we have done in this eight years. None of this would have been possible without the big boss, Roman Abramovich. If he had not been here, there would have been less chance for me to be at this club. So the best way to repay him was to win the Champions League." "No I wont play for another English club. I owe too much allegiance to to Chelsea. My blood is blue. I am too much attached to Chelsea. My blood is blue! I won't change." "I want a new challenge. The challenge for me when I came here was to become a better player, and over the years I adjusted my challenge with what I did the seasons before. I always tried to do some challenges for me. I need a new challenge. I have done everything here, everything, and I was lucky to score in a lot of Cup finals, and in the last one as well. "It's a nice feeling, a fantastic feeling, and I'm going to find a new challenge for me. I will decide, I will take time to make the right decision. My wife will go and relax a bit, even though there national teams games. I will make the right decision when I have to." "Obviously I played with Anelka for many years. And also because it was difficult to see him leaving, that's part of football and life. Yes, he is happy there. He is trying to do his best to help the club. The only thing I can say is that my decision hasn't been made. I really want to keep thinking about what happened on Saturday rather than talking about China, America, or I don't know. "Really, I am so happy because it is my first Champions League final that I won. Since I was a kid I was dreaming of this kind of moments, the scenario was just perfect until the penalty! It's like a movie, like a movie. Even today I still want to be in Munich in that stadium, cheering and celebrating with the fans. It was too quick the first time. I wanted it to be longer." "I would have stayed if we hadn't won the Champions League. That was my challenge, what I wanted to achieve. The Boss gave so much for this club, has done so much. Everybody speak about buying players, expensive players but nobody speaks about the facilities at Cobham. We have one of the best in the world, to improve the Academy. He is really trying to develop this club, not that it wasn't a big club, an ambitious club before. But as the players we always try to improve, try to do this for the club." "Under contract. It would have been different because my contract situation wasn't the same as now. Now the challenge would have been different." "The last two days I was feeling more 40 than 24! Now I feel really good, to be able to play a final at 34, and play extra time, and to give what I gave, I think I can be proud of myself. Not that no player did it before. I am really happy that I had the chance to do it and make a difference." "A few months ago, even a few weeks I would have described this season as the worst of my Chelsea career. There was the knock on my head which was for me very hard to recover from. In football the good thing is things can change in a second. For example in 2008 I hit the post just before extra-time and after that I got the red card and we lost on penalties. This year two minutes before the end I scored a header and we went to extra-time. In football it can change very quickly. So from the worst season in my Chelsea career we got to the best ever." "Everybody knows the man who gave me the strength and the man who I've learned a lot from was Jose as a human being and as a manager I think I learned a lot from him. He gave me this winning attitude, this desire to make history, he gave us this. He's a winner and we have it our DNA now. It would have been nice to win it for him but we didn't we tried so many times. "But as I said after the game this Champions League is for all the managers who have been herding transfers, with Kieran Dowell of Everton an early target.The midfielder had seemed destined for a move to Huddersfield Town, but a last-gasp approach from Derby could change his destination.Cocu is wasting no time shaping his team after succeedie chasing this trophy. I speak about Jose because he was obviously very important to me in my first season here at Chelsea, but the one who spent less time as a manager here is the one who won who won the Champions League. He is a Chelsea legend, the way he managed to change the attitude and the mentality of the players is enormous because we were not in good shape mentally. "That's why I always say that communication is important. You can put a player on the pitch and give him 30 games but if he doesn't feel the belief or communication is right he will never perform." "Robbie talked to us individually and collectively when he took charge and then we had to do everything to save our season. It was the worst season and for the old players it was very difficult to accept that as winners that we are. For the new players coming and seeing this situation knowing that Chelsea were always in the first two or three in the League was difficult as well. Everybody had to look at himself and change the way we behaved and our attitude for the good of the group." "At that time, there was a few moments in my head that I thought I would have to go. But as I always say, I wasn't made with him. I want to be clear, I'm a professional. I always respect a manager's decision. I can be upset but with me because I'm not performing and I'm on the bench. Everybody wants to play on the pitch. You will not see anyone who is happy to be on the bench or not in the squad. I respect the manager's job and he decides whether a player is good or not." "Andre is a friend. It's difficult. It feels strange to know that he's gone and he didn't give to Chelsea what he really wanted to. I feel we are all responsible for this – the players, the club, the team. We're all responsible. As a team when you don't win, it's easy to point the finger at the manager because of the risk of his job. But we all know inside us and we all know, each one of us, inside us, that we are responsible for this." "He said that he understood my feelings, he respected my choice and I told him that I would be a Chelsea player forever. We spoke for the last few days and we keep talking again because he's a good man, a very good man because he gave me everything. He gave everything to my family, gave them the chance to have a comfort and a nice lifestyle which is fantastic because when you remember I came from the Ivory Coast where I didn't have all these things. My family can benefit from all these things and maybe he doesn't know but he helped a lot of people." "I think Robbie is in the same situation as me because I think he's going to speak to the board and the owner and see what is good for him and for the club. But no matter what happens now, he has made history. I don't know what's going to happen but if he stays or he goes now then he is even more of a Chelsea legend. The job he did was great and exceptional." "Maybe. But it's not something I'm thinking about now because I still want to play. I have learnt a lot from all these managers. The most important thing is the communication for a manager. Maybe the mental skills are just as important. If a player is not right in his head then in his mind it's difficult for him to give his best." "Of course. The expectation from the fans and from the owner himself will be the same as we did Saturday. So, now we set up something when you come toave announced the loan signing of Leicester City winger Fousseni Diabate.The Foxes are yet to confirm the move and it had been reported in France there was an issue with the relevant paperwork, which was submitted just before Monday’s 11pm deadline.H Chelsea you will have to try as a minimum to do the best. You have to get into the Champions League final or to win it and that's what the club has to do to be a Barcelona, AC Milan or Real Madrid in Europe. We only have one Champions League and we need more." "I don't know. I know he's a very good player but that's not for me to decide. The only thing I know is that we have very good strikers here already. If another one comes there's going to be a big squad and big competition for other teams." "Everybody knows Fernando is a very good player. An international player. He's been through difficult moments here. It happens to everyone. The good thing is he has our support. He always had and I know next season he's going to improve, he's going to be better. "My first few seasons here were difficult for me. Now I can't complain but my first few seasons were very difficult. It's not easy to play for Chelsea. Chelsea is in good hands with Fernando. Of course we will need new strikers but Torres will do the job, he will do it. He will do it, no doubt." "I would, but there's one thing missing. The Cup." "It makes me proud. With time, you always see the character, the good things or the bad things of a man. When I came here you didn't know me, my English wasn't what it is now. I'm not saying it's the best but it wasn't what it is now. "It was easy for some people to take advantage of this in some situations. People like it when there's a bit more drama. I think it was a big misunderstanding. I didn't realise the culture was different from where I was playing. Cultures are different, the games are different, the referees are different, they referee in a different way. "You just have to see the Champions League. It's a different way to referee again. It took me time to adapt. For some people it's quick, for others it takes time. For me it took time. Today I am really happy. People can see I am not that person they thought I was in the beginning. "To carry the Olympic torch is… I don't know if there are enough words to describe it. My only disappointment is that I can't do the Olympic Games. I wish with the Ivory Coast national team we could come and play. If it was Wembley I'm sure we would win." "I feel when we did that people were not really happy that Chelsea beat Barca and they were expecting us to lose at the NC and that was why they were focusing on me being on the floor. I think we deserved to win that game not because we dominated the game because we didn't but maybe our desire was more than theirs. I think we really wanted to win this game because we the semi final against them. Our desire was stronger than their qualities. That's why we won. "I was a bit surprised because with the critics, even if it is true that I went onto the floor. If I go on the floor it is because someone touched me and there were fouls that the referee didn't give but I was never alone. Yes, my team mates were defending and I was alone against four or five defenders. I think when some players who play in that situation and that position as a lone striker like I did against Barca, it would be easier for them to explain to you why I was so many times on the floor." "I need to sit down and make the right decision. I don't know, I don't know." "The fans, because my relationship with the fans…" "Sorry, sorry! I have to say I'm really happy that we can sit down together today and exchange and I'm really happy that we did some articles together and you know me better and understand me, and I understand the English press. I will really miss the fans. It's not common as a player to hear the fans want you to stay. It is not everywhere. "I think, I'm lucky to have this special relations with the fans. I will miss them but they will always be in my heart." "I don't know. Jupp Heynckes said I'm a good actor so maybe me!" "The thing is I have to say thanks to my parents for the way they educated me, also to my friends – my real friends – the people around me. They never see me as a star. They see me as the one they saw growing up or the man they spent time with who does simple things and I try to teach this to my kids. I come from an amateur team where we had to clean your boots and come with your own kit, prepare it yourself, so maybe it is something you get and never lose. "I have respect for the people who work in the club and everyone this is something that I have already and I don't know why I should change or pretend to be someone I am not. I prefer to be myself and make mistakes but have chances to correct them rather than pretend to be someone and be totally fake." "I would love to work as an ambassador with the UN, it is very exciting working with Zidane and Ronaldo, it's really important for me and the work they are doing in the world is worth doing it, trying to save lives and reduce poverty. There will never be enough people to do this kind of thing." "That's what football can do and can achieve. Today I can speak to people, I'm not sure that if I was working in a different world I would have the same chance to have some influence. That is why I am lucky and feel special because I can help people." "I don't count how much, but for me it's not given away it's giving to people who need it. Maybe people need it more than me or my kids, I always say that whatever I can do to help them smile a little bit." "When we lost in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in the first season, the ghost goal. I think that was season we could have really achieved something big for the club by winning Premier League and Champions League." "I was far away!" "I feel bad because in a way because of me and because of us because people speak about this guy Ovrebo and it was a bit difficult for him after this game and it is only football, but sometimes we attach too much importance to it, as I did that day. I'm not saying I was right to do it again or that I would do it again, but I had something in my head and I wanted to achieve the win so much that when it went wrong the emotions got the better of me." "The first title at Bolton." "The FA Cup vs Manchester United, the first one at the new Wembley, scoring in extra-time. It was also the first time we won the FA Cup. Then Saturday, of course. There is more moments like this, but it is difficult to choose." "I felt 'we did it' because everything was so like the green lights was everywhere. The keeper had saved three penalties, all I had to do is score." "I was like… we've done it. We did it. Because everything was so, like… the green lights everywhere. Petr had saved three penalties before that so, for me, it was ours. I just had to go and score and that would be it. I knew. I had a good feeling, a good feeling walking up to the ball." "Yeah, because I was saying to Arjen Robben that I'd been in that situation before. A few months ago I was in the same situation. So I know how they felt. I know how they felt. So I went to see them. We tried to celebrate 'normally' while they were on the pitch, but once they were off we could go wild. But we had to respect them before. They are really good players and losing on penalties, really, is not… it's difficult, it's difficult." "When we win games, everybody says the senior players are doing well. When we don't win, they're old. When a manager is sacked, 'they sacked the manager'. But, I really think that, when a manager comes here, it's because he's sat with the owner, with the board, and they've decided they have some targets, some objectives, to achieve. And if they don't do it, that gives a reason to the boss to do what he has to do. But never a player. "I'm a player and I'd never want some players to have an influence on a manager. It's not good for the team. It's not good for the team at all." "Which Jose?" "I thought you were talking about Jose Bosingwa… No, no, what happened that day was one of our special moments in the dressing room. I can't talk about this. But, really, during eight years – even in the last few days – I'd never be surprised with things that happen in this dressing room. "I've seen things that make me think: 'Wow.' Fantastic team. A fantastic team. Really, crazy moments and there's always something new. Something new, always. In eight years, I was always learning new things."