Didier Drogba has revealed that a text message from Frank Lampard was decisive in him turning down a chance to join Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2008.
Drogba, who left Chelsea for the second time last season having returned to the club for a year, is currently at Montreal Impact in the MLS and recently said he wanted to return to Chelsea in order to keep fit ahead ahead of the new season.
He is considered to be one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players and widely creditied with the club’s first Champions League victory in 2012 in which he scored the late equaliser and then the winning penalty against Bayern Munich.
In his autobiography Commitment, Drogba has revealed how close he came to leaving Chelsea four years earlier when the club was under the short and unsuccessful tenure of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari had taken over in 2008 after taking Portugal to the Quarter-Finals of Euro 2008 and after a promising start oversaw an alarming dip in form from October until he was replaced by Guus Hiddink.
Drogba claims that Scolari tried to sell him in the summer of 2008, and was all set to join Serie A giants Inter Milan where Jose Mourinho, who had left Chelsea just months earlier, had taken over, until a text message from Lampard convinced him otherwise.
“The guy who single-handedly convinced me to stay was Frank Lampard,” Drogba says.
“He text me saying: ‘Hi DD, I hope that you’re staying, because we have to win the league together, and we have to win the Champions League together!”