In a statement released on the Montreal Impact’s official website, team president Joey Saputo has confirmed that the club have resolved the dispute with Didier Drogba that surrounded Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC.
Drogba, who has 10 goals in 22 MLS appearances for the Impact this season, caused controversy over the weekend after refusing to be named on the bench for Toronto’s visit upon being told by head coach Mauro Biello that he would not start the game.
The 38-year-old Ivorian striker’s actions led to concern that he may have played his last game for the Canadian club, but Saputo has since revealed that the two sides have put the drama behind them following a meeting.
"We met with Didier. The situation has been resolved to the club’s satisfaction,” said Saputo. “Didier has accepted to assume the role that the head coach sees fit while contributing to the success of this club moving forward. When he came to Montreal, Didier said he came here to win, and he still has the same objective.
“Our main priority now is to focus on the last game of the season and the upcoming playoffs. With the players and the leadership that we have on this team, we are convinced that we can make a run at the MLS Cup."
Before Sunday’s match, Drogba had started back-to-back games on the bench due to the emergence of fellow forward Matteo Mancosu, who has recorded three goals and four assists in 15 appearances since joining Montreal from Bologna in July on a year-long loan deal.
The team had won just one of their previous eight matches prior to the former Chelsea star’s benching, but subsequent victories over the San Jose Earthquakes and Orlando City SC meant that the result against Toronto proved enough to clinch a playoff berth with one regular season game to spare.
They could now potentially host an Eastern Conference Knockout Round match if they beat the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium next Sunday, but what role Drogba will play for the side going forward remains to be seen.
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