Didier Drogba has come out to say that he turned down the opportunity to return to Chelsea this summer just to be the president of the Ivory Coast FA.
Drogba retired in 2018 after a busy end to his career, which saw him play for Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Chelsea, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.
According to him, he had to reject Chelsea because he loves his country.
His words, “I had an offer to stay at Chelsea where everything would be perfect and conditions are met,”
“But I want to help Ivorian football because I love it!
“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.”