Didier Drogba could be lining up a shock return to a former club – and we’re not talking about Chelsea. The Ivorian veteran currently plays for Montreal Impact but it hasn’t always been a happy spell for the striker. That’s coming to an end and a return to Marseille might be on the cards. The 38-year-old forward might fulfill his promise to go back to the club where he made his name.
Drogba only played for Marseille for a season. His 32 goals in all competitions convinced Chelsea to make a £24 million bid in the summer of 2004.
He went on to become one of the club’s greatest ever players. He scored 157 goals in 341 games in that spell and returned for a second spell in 2014, helping the Blues to another Premier League title. He’s been linked with a third stint at Stamford Bridge – this time as a coach – but hinted that he has unfinished business in Ligue 1.
“There is an option to return to France, but I will say no more,” Drogba told French newspaper Canal Plus before going on to say more.
“I hope to be able to hold my promise one day [to return to Marseille], it can be done. You just have to take the time to sit down and talk.
“My comeback at Marseille is the eternal question for more than 12 years now. Every time I answered, people said: ‘He, he speaks, he speaks, but he does not come back’. But it did not depend on me alone.
“You let a player go, he grows up, he earns his living well financially and then you want him to come back and half his salary?
“Then I heard: ‘Is it that he does not like Marseille?’ But no, who works to win less? No one. Of course I would like to come back as a player. I even did what was necessary to make it happen. But I can’t force the board to bring me back.”