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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.
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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa can certainly replace Didier Drogba at the club. Chelsea have struggled to score goals in the last two seasons after the exit of the Ivory Coast hitman. Drogba was the main striker at the club for eight years from 2004 to 2012. During this time, the club had an incredibly successful period. They won numerous trophies and it was largely down to the scoring abilities of the 36-year-old. He scored in nine different finals over the span of his Chelsea career – including the Champions League final equaliser against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea are widely believed to be close to securing the signing of Costa for around £ 32 million. Several rumours yesterday surfaced stating that the club had agreed a deal for the Spanish international and that the deal will be announced after the league season comes to a close. Jose Mourinho has been widely stating that he will be trying to sign a top class centre forward in the summer. Zola, who scored several goals for the blues, says that he has no doubt that Costa will be the perfect replacement for Drogba, who is yet to be replaced at the club according to him.
The 25-year-old has scored 35 goals in just 41 matches this season.
“I was very impressed with him in the Champions League match but he has made me sit up and take notice on plenty of occasions. I like him because he’s one of those strikers who is happy to play up front on his own. Costa is a real handful for any defence. He can still be dangerous and score goals and that is very similar to Didier Drogba. Since he left, that is the missing part of the puzzle,” said Zola to the Sun.