Drogba talks up Marseille reunion

Le Championnat

Veteran striker Didier Drogba says he would be open to a return to former side Marseille.

The Ivorian forward is a free agent after a two year MLS spell with Montreal Impact came to an end and the 38-year-old is weighing up his next move.

Drogba spent just one season with L’OM before joining Chelsea in the summer of 2004 but with 27 goals in 46 appearances, including five in the Champions League, he remains highly regarded at the Stade Velodrome.

The striker has now revealed he has an option to return to France, and indicated he could be set to rejoin Marseille.

“There is an option to return to France, but I will no say more,” he told Canal+. “I hope to be able to hold my promise one day [to return to Marseille]. It can be done. You just have to take the time to sit down and talk.

“My comeback at Marseille is the eternal question for more than 12 years now. Every time I respond, and people say I’m just talking. But you let a player go, and financially he is making a good living since then, and now you want him to come back and divide his salary in two.

“And after that, you say he doesn’t like Marseille. Who works to earn less? No one.

“I would like to come back as a player, but I can’t force the board to bring me back.”