Didier Drogba says he wants to train with Chelsea during the MLS off-season, but will only be able to if his club Montreal Impact allows him to.
Drogba left Chelsea at the end of last season having helped the club regain the Premiership title. He had returned the previous summer after a two year absence having won the Champions League with his final kick in the final against Bayern Munich.
Since leaving Stamford Bridge for the second time he has scored 12 goals in 14 matches, helping Montreal Impact to the MLS play-offs where they eventually lost to Columbus Crew.
The former Ivory Coast captain is quoted by French news agency AFP saying that, should it be possible, he would like to return to Chelsea again if only to train in preparation for the new MLS season next year.
“To train? Why not? But it’s something I would need to discuss with [Montreal], because I belong to them,” the 37-year-old said.
Ruling out the prospect of playing for Jose Mourinho’s side again, he continued:
“I signed a one-and-a-half year contract, I always like to respect what I have signed.”
“Playing? I’m not too hot on that idea. I need to rest and make sure that I’m ready for the new season.”
Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 games after originally signing in 2004 from Ligue 1 Marseille.