Didier Drogba has confirmed that he is leaving Turkish club Galatasaray when his contract expires this summer, but could he now be the next international star to join Major League Soccer?
The former Chelsea star has confirmed that he is moving on from Galatasaray, speaking on their official TV channel:
“Galatasaray will always be in my heart, I’m very proud to have represented this team. I didn’t come here for money. If I wanted money I would have stayed in China. I came to Turkey to play football, to feel the passion again. Scoring against Fenerbahce and Besiktas, I think I gave some happiness to our fans.”
The 36-year-old is ready for a new challenge, and is thought to want to continue his playing career for at least another season.
He will be focusing on the World Cup with the Ivory Coast now, but his services will certainly be in-demand across the globe come July.
Reports have suggested that he could return to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, linking up with Jose Mourinho once again as a player-coach with the Blues.Embed from Getty Images
(Photo: ‘The Drog’ has been linked with a move back to Chelsea with Jose Mourinho)
Though it remains unclear as to where Drogba want his next move to be, and he could welcome a new challenge before he ends his illustrious playing career.
The Ivorian has already been linked with a move to MLS earlier this year, with New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders both thought to be interested in securing his services.
He still has plenty to offer, despite his age, and scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for Galatasaray this season, including two in the UEFA Champions League.
It is believed that he could retain his £100,000 per-week salary with a move to MLS and that could be a factor in his decision.
The Red Bulls could make the move for Drogba, as they still have one designated player spot remaining, and Thierry Henry’s contract is up at the end of the season.
He would undoubtedly be a sensation in the US, and even at the age of 36 would be able to score endless amounts of goals with his ability.
There have already been photoshopped images of Drogba in a MLS shirt on social networks, with this tweet by ‘Le Footeur’ showing the striker in a Montreal Impact jersey.
Where do you think Drogba will end up next?