Dididier Drogba’s international career spans over 10 years and during that time the Ivorian attacker has racked up a total of 65 goals but the former Galatasaray player has announced his decision to retire playing at the international stage at his 36 years of age.
“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football. I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football, taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals. I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you’’ Drogba said as he confirmed his decision to retire from representing his country.
The veteran forward will focus on playing the remaining few years of his professional career at Stamford Bridge as he made his return to Chelsea where he will be playing and working alongside the Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho.
Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Andre Schurrle, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Eden Hazard, are some of the more prominent attacking players that Jose Mourinho has at his disposal for the next season of the Premier League and it came as a surprise to many people when rumors started circulating which linked Didier Drogba with a return to Stamford Bridge but it was ultimately confirmed that instead of turning into a regular player, Drogba will be a player-manager. This is a similar case with what happened and still is occurring with Ryan Giggs and Manchester United.
Drogba will essentially be helping out Mourinho in the locker room acting as a role model as well as in the tactical decisions of the Portuguese manager during matches with the possibility of entering a match whenever it may be needed as a substitute or maybe even a regular player if his teammates are injured or suspended.
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The Ivorian attacker Didier Drogba is being linked with Juventus and Chelsea as possible clubs that might be interested in signing the 36 year old forward before he decides to hang up his boots and retire as he is already reaching the last stages of his career.
Drogba marked his name on the history books of Chelsea as he helped the Premier League club on winning a number of accolades before making his move to the Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, until later being transferred to Galatasaray but it was during his time playing in Stamford Bridge that Drogba made a name for himself as was once considered to be one of the best forwards in the world and season after season, the Ivorian forward was lifting important titles such as: Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
Ivory Coast failed to make it out of the group stages of the 2014 World Cup and this gives Drogba time for him to decide on what he is going to do in these last few years of his professional playing career.
Chelsea was being heavily linked with Didier Drogba but considering that the Premier League has already signed Diego Costa from Athletic Madrid, it does not look like Drogba will play any significantly important role at Stamford Bridge if he does make his return to the Premier League club.
The fact is that even at his 36 years of age, Drogba still remains being a player that clubs are willing to add into their respective squads but the last decision will be taken by the veteran attacker as the former Chelsea player has to choose where he wants to spend the next years of his career.
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Supporters and fans of Ivory Coast are hoping that Didier Drogba does not have any serious injuries or concerns as the former Chelsea forward left a training session early as his nation has to play their opening World Cup match by playing against Japan on June 15.
The influence and importance that Drogba has for his nation Ivory Coast is extremely high as the player of Galatasaray is the captain and the top goal-scorer for his nation but the coach of Ivory Coast, Sabri Lamouchi mentioned that Drogba does not have a guaranteed spot in his starting XI lineup.
‘’There is no favoritism here. Before me, nobody had dared put Didier or Kolo Toure on the bench. I did it against Tunisia and we won 3-0. It was not to assert my power, but just to show that at certain moments, status is not enough. Some said that I was brave, others that I was crazy. This is certainly proof that I am under no pressure to pick certain names’’ Lamouchi revealed.
‘I really believe we can get into the last 16. This is our objective. I’m not going on holiday with 23 friends. Lamouchi added on.
Ivory Coast along with Portugal will have to wait a few days before their opening World Cup match to see the condition of their star player and announce if whether or not they will be able to perform. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo limped off of the training session of his team as well and now the same thing has happened with Didier Drogba although neither of them seems to have picked up a really serious injury and both are expected to play their respective opening matches.