That clears the way for a potential move to Major League Soccer this summer as Drogba will be out of contract come the end of June and available on a free transfer.
The 37-year-old Ivorian will lift his fourth Premier League title with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon after returning to the club last year, but he has only made seven starts and will look for one last challenge in order to play regular football before hanging up his boots.
“I want to play for at least one more season and in order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club. All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to be back here in the future in another role,” he said today in an official statement.
Drogba has been linked with MLS before and will be heavily linked again now as it’s almost unthinkable to see him playing for another English club.
He received a $10 million-a-year offer to move to America back in 2012 when he originally left Chelsea, but rejected that move in favour of a switch to Shanghai Shenhua.
The growth of MLS in recent years could change Drogba’s mind though, and the possibility of a reunion with Frank Lampard is on the cards as New York City FC have been linked with the experienced forward.
Lampard will eventually link up with the expansion franchise in July, and NYCFC will still have one Designated Player slot available after the Englishman joins, with David Villa the only other DP.
Head coach Jason Kreis has struggled to get his side performing to high standards so far this season, and a move for Drogba would not only add goals, but vast amounts of experience and leadership to the dressing room too.
Should Didier Drogba move to MLS this summer? Would a move to NYCFC make sense?