Chelsea legend Drogba still has a contract with Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact for one more season.
But it now appears the Canadian club understands they can’t hold him back as Chelsea manager Roman Abramovich steps up his attempts to bring in his all-time favourite player as a backroom staff to help interim boss Guus Hiddink. It is understood that the Russian is ready to pay Montreal Impact whatever it takes to bring back his all-time favourite Stamford Bridge figure now as he doesn’t want to wait for another 12months.
Earlier today, in a series of tweets, Montreal admitted: “We are currently in contact with Drogba and Chelsea. We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016.
“We understand his attachment to his former club and his desire to help them. We are willing to accommodate him.
“But our objective is to have him back for another season, as agreed in his contract.
“This situation is out of our control.”
Didier Drogba netted 12 goals in 12 regular-season MLS matches after joining the club in July following a second stint at Stamford Bridge, but his team was knocked out following an extra-time defeat to Columbus Crew in the playoffs. Last month there were also reports that the former Chelsea star is waiting for a return to Stamford Bridge to train with his former teammates during the MLS off-season until January.
Drogba, who won four Premier League silverwares in nine seasons with Chelsea along with four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League, has made no secret of his future plans to return to Stamford Bridge in near future.
He was seen sitting next to Hiddink and Abramovich during last Saturday’s 3-1 victory against fellow Premier League strugglers Sunderland. The former Chelsea striker was interestingly invited into Roman Abramovich’s private box as a personal guest for the home match following the shock exit of Jose Mourinho after dramatic incidents.
Jose Mourinho, who signed a new £10m per year contract in August after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title last term, was surprisingly informed about the harsh decision at lunchtime in a 10-minute meeting with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy at the club’s Cobham training ground last week.
To turn Chelsea’s frustrating season around, 69-year-old Hiddink will have to bring in all his managerial experiences, he has been out of work after being axed by the Netherlands national team in June following five disastrous defeats in 10 games which had left the Dutch tactician on course to miss out on Euro 2016 to be held in France. The former PSV Eindhoven and Valencia coach are seen by Abramovich as having the experience to resurrect the Blue’s campaign and motivate a batch of players who have endured a disappointing performance under Mourinho.