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Drogba can't share love for Chelsea with another English team, but would follow Frank Lampard to MLS

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Didier Drogba has now twice retired a hero from Chelsea.  And while he may come back a second time as well — this time probably in a non-playing capacity — one thing is for sure, he will never play for another English team.

"A few years ago, when I left before, I said I would never play for another English team. No disrespect to them. There are some brilliant teams in the Premier League - but my love for this club, I can't share it with another team. We are going to find a way for me to come back here one day, a role that is best for me at this club. We have time for that. But I am already an ambassador for the club: everywhere I go, whenever I go abroad, people mention Chelsea all the time. They recognise me as a Chelsea player."

-Didier Drogba; source: Guardian

But otherwise, he's open to following Frank Lampard to the other side of the Atlantic.

Asked if he would consider following his former Chelsea team-mate, Frank Lampard, to move to a club in the United States, Drogba added: "Yes, of course, but I am going to take a few days, a few weeks, to think about what is good for me next. But all I want to do is play. Since I put it on social media [that he was to leave Chelsea] I have received some calls from other teams. Really unusual. But it was funny and interesting also because it really showed that, maybe, I can still bring something to a team."

-source: Guardian

Didier speaks of his desire to play, but also realizes that it's not possible for him to play every minute of every game at Chelsea anymore.  Not just because of his own age, but because of all the incoming and up-n-coming young talent.

"I spoke with José Mourinho and the board and, all of us, we found an agreement. Next year I want to have more minutes than I am having now. I just want to play, you know, and finish maybe on a high saying that ‘I gave everything and I can't do that any more."

"This year I didn't have that feeling. In fact, I felt I could still play and I still want to enjoy it before I stop. So for me to stay here and to finish with frustration, that would not have been possible. So we all agreed and understood what is good for all of us."

"I played enough games to give a contribution to win the league, and that is the most important thing. I'm a bit frustrated because you want to play more, even play every game, but it is not possible. But, to be honest, when I see all the players we have in this squad I feel happy that I gave a good contribution. The team needs to be stronger next year to compete in the Champions League, and they are going to buy new players. We also have young players coming up, the likes of Dominic Solanke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Ake, all these boys. They need to play. Not that I am not a competitor, but I think it's time to give them a chance."

-Didier Drogba; source: Guardian

What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man.

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