MONTREAL -- Didier Drogba will return for preseason training with the Montreal Impact, but owner Joey Saputo stopped short of saying that the Chelsea legend will spend the entire 2016 season with the MLS club.
Drogba signed an 18-month contract with the Impact last summer. With 12 goals in 14 appearances, he led the Impact past Canadian rival Toronto FC in the first round of the 2015 playoffs before the CONCACAF Champions League runners-up lost in the Eastern Conference semifinal to Columbus.
LONDON -- Didier Drogba will not return to Chelsea this season after deciding to see out the final year of his contact with Montreal Impact, interim manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed.
Drogba was widely expected to take up a coaching role at Chelsea, having twice been spotted at Stamford Bridge to watch the Blues' Premier League matches against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks, and took to Twitter earlier this month to play down reports of his imminent retirement.
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Didier Drogba has confirmed he is travelling to Qatar to prepare for preseason training with Montreal Impact following reports he could leave the MLS club for a return to Chelsea.
Drogba's former manager and mentor Guy Lacombe said earlier in January that the striker wanted to return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink said last month that the Premier League champions were in talks with the Ivorian about a third spell in West London as part of the backroom team after both men...