Former Cote d’Ivoire captain Didier Drogba has announced that he will leave his current club Montreal Impact after the expiry of his contract next month.
The Chelsea legend revealed his decision to reporters after bidding farewell to fans after Tuesday night’s Major League Soccer (MLS) Eastern Conference final first-leg victory over Toronto.
The 38-year-old’s decision now leaves the door open for Chelsea to lure him back, as they tried to get him to take up a coaching role at Stamford Bridge last season.
The veteran centre forward chose to extend his playing career despite Chelsea’s advances at the turn of last year, even after Montreal released a statement admitting that the situation was ‘out of our control’.
But the departing striker was well-received as he said his goodbyes at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night, where Montreal beat Toronto 3-2 in the home leg of their Conference final.
‘My contract ends at the end of the season and I won’t be returning,’ Drogba said.