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Rumour: Didier Drogba to move to Portland Timbers in the MLS

3.20K   //    10 Jan 2015, 01:09 IST
Chelsea’s assistant coach or striker at Portland Timbers?

According to the Dailystar, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed his interest to join Major League Soccer (MLS). The Ivorian footballer’s contract at Chelsea expires this season and reports suggest that the star has been offered to become an Assistant Coach at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Merritt Paulson, owner of Portland Timbers wishes to sign the 36-year-old star and add another name to the list of players ferried across the Atlantic.

Paulson said, “Drogba is a unique guy who, despite his age, is uniquely skilled to clean up in MLS.

“The MLS almost signed him a couple years ago and I know my coach would love him to be a Timber, but I highly doubt it at this point.”

According to reports in 2013, Drogba had considered the opportunity to play at MLS. He had said, “Maybe one day it would be another challenge. If the time comes and if there is a possibility, why not?". 

Portland Timber’s squad currently has all the slots for a striker filled up, but Paulson is keen on making room for Drogba at the end of Premier League season. On the other hand, reports suggest that Chelsea is already looking up to Liverpool’s target Mauro Icardi as Drogba’s replacement, the blues are yet to release a bid for the Argentine striker.   

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