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Didier Drogba retires, paving way for Chelsea return - report

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba left Chelsea for the second time last summer to go play in MLS, but it seems that he can't bear being away from Stamford Bridge for too long. According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Drogba has now decided to retire from his playing career in order to re-join Chelsea as a member of the coaching staff in the next few weeks.

(L'Equipe also point out that this means that Drogba will be involved when Chelsea and PSG meet in the Champions League next month.)

L'Equipe's "Canadian sources" claim that Didier informed his current club Montreal Impact of this decision today.  His retirement was a necessary step forward as MLS apparently weren't going to allow him to leave otherwise.  (He had one more year left on his contract, which is technically with MLS rather than the Impact themselves.)

There aren't any official confirmations from any of the involved parties yet, and it's still unknown whether Chelsea will still be forced to pay some kind of compensation in the end.  Regardless, for a legend like Drogba, it will be probably be worth it.

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