Montreal Impact confirm Didier Drogba to return for preseason amid Chelsea links

The Ivorian striker had been in talks over a return to Stamford Bridge in a backroom role.

Didier Drogba will be returning to the Montreal Impact for preseason, the MLS club have announced on their official website.

Since the conclusion of the 2015 season, several reports have linked Drogba with a coaching role at former club Chelsea after he watched the team’s 3-1 home win over Sunderland last month from the Stamford Bridge stands alongside chairman Roman Abramovich and interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink, who managed Drogba during his first spell as Chelsea interim boss in 2009, later confirmed that efforts were being made to bring the Blues legend back to west London, while the Impact also released a statement acknowledging that the two sides had held talks over his future.

A report by L’Equipe in early January even claimed that the 37-year-old striker had decided to retire in order to join the new Stamford Bridge setup, although Drogba himself soon took to Twitter to refute those suggestions.

Now, after significant speculation, it seems as though the Impact’s determination to keep their star man has prevailed.

On Sunday, the club announced details of their preseason preparations beginning Monday, noting that Drogba would link up with the squad in Florida next month for the second part of their training camp.

In addition, the Ivorian also confirmed his plans to re-join the Canadian side via social media, posting the following Tweet before Chelsea took on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium:

Having Drogba seemingly on board for the 2016 campaign will certainly be a huge boost to Montreal’s MLS Cup ambitions given the enormous impact – no pun intended – he made at the club over the second half of last season.

The physical front man originally joined the team last July on a Designated Player deal after ending his second spell at Chelsea and went on to score 11 times in 11 regular season games to help them secure a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

He also bagged one playoff goal before his side’s championship hopes ultimately ended with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Columbus Crew SC in the Conference Semifinals.

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