Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced that he will be leaving Montreal Impact soon but could still carry on playing even at the age of 38.
The Chelsea Legend is still undecided as to whether to continue his playing career or hang up his boots and move straight into coaching, having been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge as a coaching staff. The Ivorian was lethal for Chelsea during his time at the club, notching up 104 Premier League goals across two spells at the club. The player also helped Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2012 and will forever be loved by Chelsea fans because of his achievements.
Drogba, one of the all-time greats in the Premier League, has so far enjoyed a wonderful time in the MLS having scored 22 goals in the 36 games that he has played for the American-based club – Montreal. This statistics put him well above the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – both of whom also spent some time in the MLS. Didier Drogba is unlikely to be short of offers to carry with his playing career.
Drogba helped Montreal Impact to a 3-2 win over Toronto FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals in front of a sell-out 61000 crowd. The second leg of the game will be played on November 30 with the winner progressing to the MLS Cup Final in Seattle on 10 December.
“There’s still one or maybe two games to go. Next week’s game is more important than if it’s finished or not.
“Everyone knows it was my last game here. Now let’s focus on the semi-final.”
Chelsea actually tried to bring Drogba on board to join their coaching staff last season but the player decided that he wanted to continue his playing career. Drogba has always been known as a leader and a winner.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has refused to play for Montreal Impact after he was demoted to the bench.
Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello has revealed that the player did not appreciate the fact that he was named only among the substitute and did not form part of the first team.
The coach said that Drogba was not interested to form part of the team if he was going only to sit on the bench. As a result, the Ivory Coast player asked to be removed from the 18 players that were going to play the game.
The Montreal Impact staff stated on Sunday that the player was injured, but the coach has now confirmed that the player missed the game because he refused to be named among the substitute. He said that the player indeed suffered from a back problem, but he was capable of playing.
Mauro Biello stated that he does understand why Didier Drogba behaved that way. He stated that he is a team player just as anyone else and that he needs to accept the decision of the coach. He stated that all the Montreal Impact players train hard and that it is important that Didier Drogba understands that only the best players will have a chance in the team.
His teammates have refused to comment on the issue and said that Drogba had been a great member in the locker room. They stated that this is a matter between the coach and Drogba and that they will have to settle it sooner or later.
The coach said that they will find a solution to this problem internally and that the club should continue to move forward. He stated that the club is improving and it is important that they remain united.
Didier Drogba has dismissed rumours that he was considering the possibility of joining Aston Villa.
The Championship club are managed by Roberto di Matteo, who was the manager of Chelsea when they won the Champions League in 2012. The Italian is widely credited for getting the best out of Drogba even when he was an ageing warhorse.
The pair seem to have a relationship even now and this led to rumours of a move to Villa Park. Following their relegation to the Championship, Villa are undergoing a lot of issues on and off the field.
While Di Matteo has to take care of the issues with regard to the squad, fans are extremely uncertain about the future of the club under the new ownership by a Chinese consortium. American Randy Lerner finally decided to sell the club at any asking price following their relegation last season. It was too little too late since Villa had no permanent manager by then.Di Matteo arrived at the club in the summer and he has been unable to make a significant change to the playing squad in terms of quality. At this point in time, bringing a player like Drogba would have been a major boost, but the Montreal Impact striker has ruled out any such move.
“Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today,” said Drogba on his Twitter account. It seems that the Aston Villa owner also saw the funny side. “Come on. It’s not the China Villa club (maybe future will.),” tweeted owner Tony Xia on the speculation linking the striker with a move to Villa. Drogba played for a short period in the Chinese football with Shanghai Shenhua. Villa are struggling in the Championship with only one win so far.
Many footballers in their prime become inspiration for the younger players.
One such instance can be seen in Didier Drogba. Being 38 years of age, he has been known for the football skills he exhibited as center forward. Being part of the Montreal Impact since 2015, he is known to have inspired many to become a star footballer like himself. One current instance can be cited as Michy Batshuayi who is a striker from New Chelsea.
He is keen to follow the footsteps of the player at Stamford Bridge. Michy signed up with Chelsea this summer and he wishes to emulate the success that Didier Drogba has achieved. Batshuayi moved from Marseille in France to Stamford Bridge this Sunday. He has signed a deal with Chelsea for a period of five years. Being a Belgium international player, he states that he would like to follow in the footsteps of Drogba, who made a similar move in 2004 when he comes to Chelsea from Marseille. Drogba made history for the club with the numerous goals that he scored for them, including the penalty kick that secured his team’s win in 2012 Champions League.
Drogba’s playing style might be different from what the Belgium international player follows, but he hopes to achieve success for the club the same way Drogba did in his time. Drogba currently plays for Montreal Impact. Didier achieved a lot for Chelsea and Batshuayi says that he respects his achievements and skills and hopes that he will be his inspiration to achieve similar success for Chelsea. Being 22 years of age, he definitely has a long way to go in his football playing career. He also admits to being fan of Ronaldo and wishes to be a player like his star some day.
Didier Drogba being a forwarder of the Montreal Impact team was part of the game that the Montreal Impact played against Toronto FC.
The game resulted in a win with a score of 4-2. Didier was a key figure in this game where he tried to grab the ball from Ashtone Morgan, who played the role of defender in Toronto FC. Jonathan Osorio was part of the Toronto club who was instrumental in helping his club secure a win against the Montreal Impact team.
However, as the game was on Montreal Impact had their hopes on Didier Drogba. The Impact forwarder led the team in scoring the two goals that the team could achieve late in the game. The shot that the forwarder got was at the 86th minute. He also helped to line up another shot which was scored as a header goal by Michael Salazar. Drogba used the opportunity of a hand ball which he converted into a free kick and this he used during the stoppage time. Impact however, was not able to score a win as the opponent team was able to score two more goals additionally. The second leg of the match was scheduled to be held soon. The team is yet to taste success this season. There have been other matches of the team at the BMO stadium, which have resulted in defeat for them. They are now part of MLS that the team joined in 2012. Since then the team has experienced three losses and three draws. However, Didier has definitely helped the team and the two goals that he helped his team to achieve in the last match have definitely helped them to increase their chances in the upcoming series matches. Fans will definitely be looking forward to seeing more of his participation in the upcoming months.
Didier Drogba has been limited to only a few appearances in this season.
The Ivorian attacker was not at his best physically and considering that he is 38 years old, he just isn’t capable of performing consistently in every single game and running in the pitch as a few years ago.
Nonetheless, even at this older age Didier Drogba is still proving his worth as he scored a superb free-kick when playing against Colorado Rapids on April 30 of the ongoing year.
The playing career of Drogba has extended for over 25 years and throughout this period of time, the veteran player has gained recognition and credibility for everything that he has accomplished not only as a performer but also as one of the more influential figures in the world of football.
Drogba is also recognized as a figurehead for his country, Ivory Coast. The experienced player has played roles for the United Nations as a Goodwill Ambassador as well as being a representative of peace for Ivory Coast.
The former star of Chelsea has also created charities and made donations with the purpose of helping deprived children in his homeland Ivory Coast and Africa. The Didier Drogba Foundation was created back in 2007 and its primary function is to provide healthcare and education in Africa but a few weeks ago, the British daily newspaper made allegations that most of the money that is being raised by his charity is not being used for the appropriate causes.
According to the Daily Mail, less than 1% of £1.7m that has been raised by the charity is actually being used to help children in Africa. The British daily newspaper stated that the majority of the donations from the Didier Drogba Foundation are being spent in high profile events for celebrities and this of this nature.
The player of Montreal Impact responded by saying: “Despite sending legal letters and 67 pages worth of documents advising the newspaper that their information was factually incorrect and libelous, they have decided to ignore the facts so I am issuing legal proceedings against them today. There is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, and no impropriety.”
Didier Drogba said that he is going to take legal action concerning this issue that has risen in relation to the allegations issued by the Daily Mail.
Didier Drogba’s current team Montreal Impact again fails to score in an important clash against Seattle Sounders.
With the current matches being held on artificial turf, the Impact manager has preferred to avoid playing Drogba. The former Chelsea player is not at 100% as he suffers from a knee injury and will not be risked on turf.
In his absence, the Montreal Impact struggles in attack and could not get the better of the Seattle Sounders. Ultimately they lost the game with Sounders scoring with their start player, Clint Dempsey.
However, the Impact manager Mauro Biello was pleased with team performance especially their defense. Indeed, apart from the Dempsey’s goal, they restricted the Seattle Sounders to some long-range effort and were not under big pressure.
He acknowledges that his attack did not perform well and that he would have love to see some more quality in the final third. He believes that with Drogba imminent return in the team, his attack will improve and that they will be better offensively.
He stated that Didier Drogba gives them another dimension in attack since he holds the ball very well to allow his midfielders time to get high up the pitch. Biello wants to use Drogba only when he is sure that the former Ivory Coast international player is 100% ready.
Didier Drogba 38-years only joined the Montreal Impact last year and scored 11 goals in 11 appearances. He scored another goal during the playoff matches. He came to prominence on the world stage during his time at Chelsea where he managed to score 164 goals in his 381 appearances for the London club.
He won the Premier League 4 times, the League Cup 3 times, the FA Cup 4 times and the Champions League once.
Didier Drogba has a colossal desire on making a return to Stamford Bridge and take up a coaching position in his former club Chelsea. The Ivorian footballer has already stated this on numerous occasions. Drogba’s contract with Montreal Impact lasts until the end of the current season but if his ambition of returning to the Premier League is so big then he might decide to hand in a transfer request and leave the MLS outfit but this would be a huge mistake from the experienced player.
First of all, Didier Drogba is going through a sublime season with Montreal Impact. He was even named as one of the 3 finalists for the 2015 MLS Newcomer of the Year Awards after everything that he has accomplished with the American team. Drogba concluded the regular season of the 2015 MLS with a record of 11 goals in 11 .
The best decision can Didier Drogba make right now is simply to stay with Montreal Impact and continue making impressive performance as his age does not seem to be a problem for him. Age is just a number but class is permanent. This is a phrase that is consistently used to describe certain types of players who manage to play at a very high level despite being in the elevated age range. ZinedineZidane and Thierry Henry are a few of the players who can be used as examples for that phrase and more recently, Didier Drogba.
After Drogba’s time with Montreal Impact reaches it’s end in a few months’ time then that will be his better moment on making a return to Stamford Bridge as that is also going to be the time when GuusHiddink’s contract with Chelsea runs out but the Premier League club is better off if they give Drogba an assistant role instead of giving him all of the entire duties that comes along with being a head coach.
Drogba has not been fully in charge of a top club and taking up this position in Stamford Bridge comes with insane amounts of pressure as the head chiefs of the club want to see them claiming victories and have little patience. Another option would be to turn Drogba into the head coach of Chelsea’s youth academy as he can go on earning his coaching badges before managing the main team; this is what happened with ZinedineZidane in Real Madrid.
For the time being, Drogba should just stick with Montreal Impact and when the time comes, make a return to Stamford Bridge.
On May 24 of 2015 Didier Drogba played his last match as a player of Chelsea and ever since then, the Ivorian player has been a free agent but the experienced attacker has revealed that making a move to the MLS is an event that can indeed happen.
Drogba rejected rumors of him making a return to Marseille. Even at his 37 years of age, Drogba still wants to continue playing as he has no desire of retiring at this point of his career and the veteran player said that returning to Marseille is something that will not happen as the French club does not have a project or a plan to win big things and Drogba wants to go somewhere where they have plans of winning.
Former star of Chelsea, Didier Drogba said: ‘’It’s not a question of money. I like to have a project. And Marseille, which I know well, does not have a project. They have sold their best players, whom they let go till the end of their contracts. I’m talking about Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignacand they’ll lose more.’I don’t want to go to Marseille to just play. If I go somewhere, it’s to win, and I want to win. The question has been coming up for 10 years.’’
It seems like Didier Drogba making a move to his former side Marseille is not going to happen but the Ivorian player did reveal the possibility of joining the American League, Major League Soccer.
When Drogba was asked if he would join the MLS side, New York Red Bulls and follow the footsteps of Thierry Henry who used to perform with the American side, Drogba replied by saying: ‘’Ok, just call the owners and then I’m there.”
Drogba might not be scoring goals as he used to do some time ago but even at his 37 years of age, the player hailing from Ivory Coast still manages to enter the playing grounds and find the back of the net on a few occasions.
When Didier Drogba was asked if he had decided about what to do in the future, the veteran forward replied by saying: “Yes I have and it’s not going to be my last season.”
It looks like Drogba is not interested in retiring in this season as the player himself confirmed it but what remains unclear is to what will happen when his contract at Stamford Bridge reaches it’s end.
The Ivorian attacker has a contract with Chelsea that runs out at the end of the season and no confirmations have been made concerning if it will be extended for another year but according to Jose Mourinho, the future of Drogba depends on Roman Abramovich.
Jose Mourinho revealed that the future of Didier Drogba is not lying in his hands and instead it’s the owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich who has the final say as the Portuguese coach said: “I think, this is a club thing. This is a MrAbramovich thing. MrAbramovich wants him to do what he wants in the club.It’s something MrAbramovich has to tell him. He has to decide.But, obviously, Drogba belongs to the history of this club. These guys are special players.I think it belongs to Drogba. What he feels and what he thinks.’’
Jose Mourinho has defended Didier Drogba as the manager said that Drogba still has an important role to play at Stamford Bridge and its as an assistant coach. Drogba signed with Chelsea on July of 2014 and he decided to have a managerial role instead of an actual player and Mourinho believes that Drogba has a promising future ahead of him in his new role but the problem is that Drogba still wants to continue getting into the pitch and scoring goals but his playing time at Stamford Bridge is very limited.