Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has spoken out against rumours linking him with a move back to former club Olympique de Marseille.
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The Ivorian hitman made a nostalgic return to Stamford Bridge a year ago and helped Jose Mourinho’s side to the Premier League title.
However, he will not be retained beyond the summer and will be available on a free transfer from the beginning of July.
He has heavily been linked with a move back to Marseille, but speaking to Le 10 Sport, he has slammed those suggesting that he will be returning to the Stade Velodrome.
“After a while, it has to stop,” the legendary forward began, “I have asked nothing, I like the people of Marseille, I am myself a Marseille supporter.
“But they must stop throwing out rumours like that in my name because then they start to spread.”
While a return to OM—who missed out on Champions League football after finishing fourth in Ligue 1 last season—would represent another nostalgia-trip for Drogba, he is unlikely to be short of options.
According to Fox Sports, the powerful striker may have options across Atlantic, with Orlando City Soccer Club—one of Major League Soccer’s new franchises—reportedly keen on uniting Drogba with Brazil playmaker and erstwhile Selecao hero Kaka.
However, the source report that the Elephant has refused this opportunity, and is instead considering other options.
The likeliest destination for the striker appears to be New York Red Bulls.
Speaking to RMC, via the Daily Star, the forward claimed that all it would take would be a phone call from the club’s owners and he would get himself to the States himself should the opportunity arise.
Before calling time on his international career, the Cote d’Ivoire captain managed 104 appearances for the national side, scoring 65 goals but ultimately missing out on their continental glory at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.