Didier Drogba dropped a bombshell when he announced minutes after the 1-0 win over QPR he has no intentions of retiring at the end of the season.
However, like a top mystery writer hell-bent on a cliffhanger, he turned on his heel before the 64 dollar question could be asked whether he will try to stretch his career at Chelsea?
The Blues legend was 37 last month, so chances are he will follow former team-mate Frank Lampard to the MLS, and a last lucrative payday with Portland Timbers, especially as the club’s owner Merritt Paulson has already openly coveted the hit man from the Ivory Coast.
“I have a made a decision about whether this is my last season, and yes, and it’s not,” Drogba said, before striding back down the Loftus Road tunnel.
He was more forthcoming on a close win that saw Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois restored to rude health and a clean sheet after a couple of forgettable moments against Stoke last week, and Hull before that.
The striker said: “For us to score in the last minute means a lot.
“You want to think that it feels that way (a comfortable gap).
“But when you saw the game against QPR the gap can be closed easily in a game or two.
“Thibault’s been giving us points from the beginning of the season, so it’s great for him, and that’s the life of the keeper. One day you make a mistake and the next you save your team.”