Chelsea cult hero Didier Drogba has confirmed he is ‘in discussions’ with Montreal Impact after reports in France suggested he is set to retire from playing to join Chelsea’s backroom staff.
L’Equipe stated that sources in Canada have informed them that Drogba will announce his decision in time to be in the dugout for the Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain on 16 February. In reality it could be far sooner than that.
It remains to be seen how much of a severance package Chelsea will be required to pay Montreal in compensation but the Major League Soccer side are believed to have expected an approach as Drogba confirms the ongoing talks.
Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) January 6, 2016
Members of the Blues hierarchy believe Drogba’s presence could be key as Guus Hiddink who replaced Jose Mourinho looks to win over a dressing room many believe to be unsettled by their poor start to the campaign.
Recall that Montreal on its official Twitter account in December provided an update on the situation when they stated that the club was currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC and that they were doing everything they can to have the Ivorian back with the Impact in 2016 even as they understand his attachment to his former club and his desire to help them. We are willing to accommodate him.