Didier Drogba turns down Chelsea offer to return to club on coaching capacity

Didier Drogba turns down Chelsea offer to return to club on coaching capacity

- Didier Drogba has rejected a chance to return to Chelsea on coaching capacity

- The former striker is eyeing chance to become Ivory Coast FA president

- Drogba won four Premier League titles during his reign at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has turned down a chance to return to his former club on a coaching capacity.

The 41-year-old, who won four Premier Leagues and one Champions League title with the Blues according to SunSport revealed his goal is bigger than becoming a mere football coach.

Drogba is hoping to win the Ivorian football association top seat and make impact on the game in his home country.

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The two time African footballer of the year winner recently hanged his boots and hopes to become Ivory Coast's FA president having made 105 appearances for the team during his reign.

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The 41-year-old revealed his plans at a business forum in his home city Abidjan on Thursday, saying: "Chelsea offered me the chance to return to them as a coach.

"But being a coach does not interest me. I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach.

"A coach has an impact on a club - but I want to have an impact on an entire nation. I could have stayed at Chelsea, but I think the real challenge is here.

"I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here. "The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past.

"The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited. "There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project."

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Drogba already revealed in August that he will contest for the position of the Ivorian FA president during their election as the current head, chief Augustin Sidy Diallo is due to step down later this year.

Drogba also won four FA Cups and three League Cups during his two spells at Stamford Bridge, and has further played for Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Frank Lampard is keen to bring Chelsea legend Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge to form part of his coaching staff at the club.

Lampard is clear favourite to be appointed Chelsea boss as replacement for Maurizio Sarri who departed the Blues for Juventus.

According to a talkSPORT report, the former England international is set for a complete revamp of the backroom team.

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