Drogba considers retirement, join Chelsea’s coaching team

Didier Drogba says he is in discussions with his team Montreal Impact for his future, following reports he is set to join Chelsea's coaching team

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Abramovich (right) looks a happy man as Chelsea score their second goal and Drogba applauds.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed he is "in discussions" with Montreal Impact after reports in France suggested he is set to join Chelsea's coaching team.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported that the Ivorian plans to quit the MLS and retire from playing altogether to link up with head coach Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge.

The 37-year-old spent nine seasons at the club in two spells, winning one UEFA Champions League and four Premier League titles.

Drogba has said he is discussing his future with Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact but that retirement talk was premature.

"Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement and am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future," Drogba, who has a contract with Montreal Impact through to December, posted on Twitter.

British media reported last month that Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was keen to offer Drogba a position on the team's coaching staff.

Hiddink was appointed last month after Chelsea dismissed Jose Mourinho following a dismal start to their title defence.

The Blues are 14th in the Premier League after 20 games, 13 points off the Champions League qualification spots.

Drogba joined Montreal in July after two stints with Chelsea where he scored 164 goals in all competitions over nine seasons. The Canadian club have previously stated their wish for the striker to see out his contract.

Drogba also had spells in between at China's Shanghai Shenhua and in Turkey with Galatasaray.