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Drogba Might Venture Into Coaching
Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba this week called time on his football career that spanned 20 years with lots of trophies and has stated that he might make a transition into spending some time in the dugout.
The former Chelsea and Marseille star confirmed his retirement from football on Wednesday after a trophy-laden career that included four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a UEFA Champions League trophy amongst others.
After his final game for Phoenix Rising in their USL Cup defeat to Louisville City earlier this month, a tweet showed that he might come out of retirement but Drogba has put such claims to bed as he looks forward to joining his ex-teammates in the coaching world.
“I don’t think I’m going to come out of retirement now. Once you announce that you’re done, it’s good to try to stick to it,” Drogba told Goal at a Yokohama event in New Delhi.
“When you see the kind of messages you receive from everyone as well. I’ve done pretty much everything in the last twenty years, so I think it’s the right time for me to relax a bit.
“I think that after twenty years, with all the learnings I’ve had alongside all these big players and managers I’ve played with and against, it (getting into coaching) is something that I cannot write off. Why not?”
Jose Mourinho brought Drogba to Chelsea from Marseille in 2004 and the duo went on to win three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups during the Portuguese’s two spells at Stamford Bridge.
And the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner who is now the Blues ambassador has praised the Manchester United gaffer for bringing him to England .
“I can only speak well about him. You guys know me now, Chelsea happened, all that was because of him,” he continued.
“He decided to sign me and give me a chance. It was a great opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
After eight years in his first spell at Chelsea, the Ivorian moved to China to team up with former teammate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua in June 2012.
Drogba spent a season with the Chinese top-flight club notching eight goals in 11 appearances before leaving for Galatasaray the following year but he has described the experience in the Asian country as a great one.
“It was a great experience for me. I would have loved to stay longer, but had to leave due to some reasons,” the two-time African Footballer of the Year added.
“It was a great culture there, and I was enjoying with my brother Nicolas Anelka there. It was a great experience.”