The Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend has once again confirmed that he would be open to a MLS move in the near future.
In a league constantly searching for its next big Designated Player signing, Didier Drogba is a name which has arisen more than most.
The Chelsea and Ivorian legend has once again fanned the flames of speculation by openly admitting to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that it’s true – he would be more than open to a move to MLS:
“If something is going to happen it wouldn’t be strange. Football is developing a lot in the U.S., and there are great teams and good players like Thierry Henry. David Beckham was there as well. Now there are a lot of players going there. [Clint] Dempsey has gone back. The league is even more competitive now.
“I keep on following it,” Drogba added. “I don’t know, maybe one day it would be another challenge. For now I’m more focused on what I can do with Galatasaray. But if the time comes and if there is a possibility [in MLS], why not?”
Fans may recall that Drogba came achingly close to joining MLS in 2012 as he finished his time with Chelsea. However the striker instead opted to move to the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua instead.
Now at Turkish champions Galatasaray, Drogba will be 36-years-old by the time the season finishes – surely the window for him to make a move stateside is starting to close? Drogba disagrees: “I still hope that I have three more good years at a high level in me. I feel good. I don’t put a limit on myself. I just play, and of course I will know when it’s time to stop and retire.”
Drogba’s contract at Galatasaray expires next summer – could his self-confessed final two years be in MLS?