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French publication L’Equipe has claimed that Didier Drogba has retired early to join Chelsea’s coaching staff.

The 37-year old, who had nine very successful years at Stamford Bridge, has been heavily linked with a coaching role at the club after the appointment of Guus Hiddink as interim coach.

Drogba is currently signed on with MLS side Montreal Impact, but L’Equipe has claimed that the Ivorian has ended his time in Canada after just six months.

Hiddink has already spoken of how he would welcome Drogba into his backroom team, stating that his addition would be “very good for any club.”

However, no official announcement has been made and if Drogba has retired, it is unknown what role he would take up with the Blues.

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Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois would be very enthusiastic to see his ex team-mate Didier Drogba part of Hiddink‘s coaching staff.

The negotiations with Drogba’s current club, MLS’ Montreal Impact, have proven difficult since Blues legend remains under contract with them.

But there is still a hope the Didier and Impact can find a solution, so he could be free to re-join Chelsea, but this time not a player:

“I had a very good relationship with him last year. He was great for the dressing room and our team,” Courtois said about Drogba.

“If he comes back as a coach it will be a great addition to all the team.”


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Guus Hiddink in the stands with Blues legend Didier Drogba during Sunderland game © Francesca Ceciarini

It seems Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is very close to get a role in the Blues backroom staff, as reports coming from Canada says his current team, Montreal Impact, are looking for a striker to replace him.

Also Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink spoke about this option, stating he would prefer him to work close to the squad and the other players at the training ground:

“A few days ago before the Sunderland game I said that those rare kind of former players with this status would be very good for any club to have,” Hiddink told reporters.

“Especially him because he’s a Chelsea legend, but for the moment we have to respect his contract with Montreal.

“It depends on the player himself, you need to give them time and opportunities to find out what the best is for them.

“It may be on the coaching staff or maybe as an ambassador, but that is too official and functional for me.

“They need to go into the squad and help players with their experience.

“I am not in favour of a big ambassador role – travelling round the world with a tie on. They must give their huge experience to help especially the young kids and helping older ones with problems in their career.”


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Guus Hiddink in the stands with Blues legend Didier Drogba during Sunderland game © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea’s new interim manager Guus Hiddink has said that he is keen to involve Didier Drogba in his club set-up.

The former Chelsea striker watched the Blues’ 3-1 win over Sunderland alongside Hiddink, with the Ivorian strongly tipped to join the backroom team at Stamford Bridge.

We would like to get him involved,” Hiddink told Fox Sports.

However, the Dutchman has realised that Drogba’s current contract situation with MLS side Montreal Impact could cause an issue.

It is believed Drogba may call time on his playing days, and will focus on his coaching badges to take up a senior role at Chelsea.

He [Drogba] still has a contract with Montreal in the MLS, even though it is close season for them now,” the Dutchman said.

We want to get important players involved with the club they care about.

“Drogba’s heart is with Chelsea.”


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Legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard, married his longtime partner Christine Bleakley in Knightsbridge. Former Chelsea player’s wedding was attended by numerous football stars such as John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Petr Cech, Harry and Jamie Redknapp. It is believed that recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also attend the ceremony.



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Former Chelsea striker Dider Drogba has emerged as a potential assistant to new interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink’s appointment was announced ahead of the Blues’ 3-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge; two days after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich called up Drogba, who spent a total of nine years at the club over two spells, enquiring about whether the Ivorian would be interested.

It is believed that the 37-year old would call time on his playing career to take up the position, which will start in recruitment. After working on his coaching badges, Drogba would move up to a more senior position.

It is unclear whether Drogba and indeed Hiddink are interested in taking up the offer. However, the pair were both seen at the Sunderland game on Saturday.

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Hiddink greeting a member of medical department © Francesca Ceciarini

After the win with Sunderland unused Chelsea subs where training on Stamford Bridge pitch under the vision of technical and medical staff when they received the “visit” of new Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink, legend Didier Drogba and owner Roman Abramovich.

Here is our exclusive gallery of the moment.

Please note that ALL the pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini, every abuse will prosecuted.

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Guus Hiddink in the stands with Blues legend Didier Drogba during Sunderland game © Francesca Ceciarini

New Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink was spotted today in Stamford Bridge stadium stands watching the game against Sunderland along with Blues legend Didier Drogba and owner Roman Abramovich.

Here are the photos of the Dutch coach on his return at Chelsea after six years.

Please note that ALL the pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini, every abuse will be prosecuted.

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku revealed that he has a lot of luck to be with constant contact with his idol Didier Drogba, who always serves him advices. The 22-year-old admitted, that the Ivorian had a huge influence on his development as a player.

Lukaku said:

“He is my idol and he knows it.”

”When the team needed him the most he always delivered so that is what I aim for.”

“I text him, I phone him whenever I need him. I texted him last week when he was going back to Canada. He knows what to say and what not to say.”

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has slammed Diego Costa for his recent behaviour. In his opinion, Jose Mourinho made a good decision leaving the Spaniard on the bench against Bournemouth.

Redknapp went even further and has described Costa’s  behavior as disgusting. Chelsea striker was benched during the clash against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane. His shameful behavior when he threw his bib probably towards Mourinho has already been widely criticized by all.

According to Redknapp, Mourinho has already given to the understanding between the words that will try to get rid of the Spaniard in the upcoming transfer window.

Redknapp told the Daily Star:

”When you think of Jose Mourinho teams, you think of Didier Drogba, you think of Costa last season,”

“If someone had said Costa would be out of the team, falling out with the manager, you would have never believed it.”

“He’s a volatile character, but I think the manager has almost made a statement.”

“You cannot behave like that, I don’t care who you are, it’s so disrespectful to the manager and it sets the wrong example to all those players on the bench. It’s disgusting behaviour.”

“I’m a big fan of him as a player, but at times like this he really lets himself down. No one likes to be sub, it’s not great, but you get on with it.”



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