The former Chelsea striker’s current deal with the MLS club is set to expire at the end of December.
Didier Drogba has told RTL Sport that he has no plans to retire when his contract with the Montreal Impact expires at the end of December.
Drogba, 38, made a sensational start to his MLS career after joining the Impact in the summer of 2015 following the end of his second Chelsea spell, recording 11 goals in just 11 games over the rest of the regular season to help Mauro Biello’s men secure a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
The former Ivory Coast captain also scored once in three playoff appearances before Montreal’s elimination at the hands of Columbus Crew SC and finished second in the voting for the Newcomer of the Year award behind league MVP Sebastian Gioivinco.
With injuries slowing him down, however, the veteran striker has failed to experience the same kind of success this term, finishing the regular season with a more modest record of 10 goals in 22 matches, while he was even dropped to the bench in late-September as summer signing Matteo Mancosu took over the task of leading the line.
He subsequently created controversy when he was omitted from the matchday squad for last month’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC after refusing to be named as a substitute, and while the dispute was later resolved the following week, the Blues legend has since been suffering with back stiffness.
He has barely featured in the playoffs so far as a result, playing only 10 minutes in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-final series win over the New York Red Bulls, and it remains to be seen how much action he will see in the championship round as the Impact take on arch-rivals Toronto for a place in their first-ever MLS Cup final.
Unsurprisingly, his recent lack of playing time has led most to assume that he will almost certainly be leaving Montreal at the end of his current deal, but even if his time with the Canadian club is coming to a close, the four-time Premier League winner insists he is not thinking about hanging up his boots.
“My contract ends with Montreal, so at the end of this season I will be free,” Drogba told RTL. “I think I will continue. I do not know if we won the MLS [Cup] what will [be] my reaction.
“Mentally I’m not tired. I can stay two hours to drive to repeat my lines. In front of a ball, I’m still like a kid.”
Despite fully intending to extend his playing career, though, Drogba does still have one eye on the long-term future and sees himself going into coaching once he decides to end his time on the pitch.
“I want to give myself the possibility, if one day I’m needed, to be available regardless of the position,” he added to RTL. “So, that means courses, exams, I’m going to try and pass all my coaching badges and then be available if ever I’m needed.”