Las Palmas midfielder Kevin Prince Boetang has revealed that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba gave him a lot of good advice when he was wayward in his career, but he regrets not heeding to the advice.
The Ghanaian was seen as a player with immense talent, but he did not put his talent to the best use when he was making a name for himself at Tottenham. This led to his departure and he has played for several clubs like Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke, and Borussia Dortmund. Now 30, he regrets the path he chose early on in his career.
Boetang has especially revealed that Didier Drogba used to give him a lot of advice. Both Africans were sharing the same city – London – during the late 2000s. Drogba was a player who had utilised his full potential and talent on the pitch to become one of the best players in the history of Chelsea and certainly one of the best in the Premier league.
Boetang reckons that he could have been on a similar level had he applied his talent more purposefully. Now at Spanish club Las Palmas, Boetang is hoping to make a major difference realising that he still has only a couple of years left at the top of the game.
“Drogba tried to talk to me [during my wayward days], but I wasn’t open to good advice, not even that coming from Didier Drogba.He said: ‘Focus on football. There’re 1000 coaches and 999 of them will not like you. I had to fight for my place when I came from France.’ But I was not ready to listen to him,” said Boetang. Now at 39 years of age, Drogba appears to have slowed down his pace quite drastically. After leaving Montreal Impact in the summer, the former Chelsea striker has not announced his retirement just yet.