Didier Drogba has confirmed that he rejected the opportunity to return toChelsea this summer as he instead hopes to become president of the Ivory CoastFA.
The former Stamford Bridge hitman retired a year ago after a busy end to his career, which saw him spend spells at Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Chelsea, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.
Now, though, he wants to return to his homeland and give something back to the game that saw him star in Francewith Guingamp and Marseille before hitting the very pinnacle of the game with the Blues, for whom he scored the decisive penalty in their 2011-12Champions League triumph.
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“I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach. A coach has an impact on a club – but I want to have an impact on an entire nation.
“I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here. The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past.
“The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited.
“There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project.”