Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced he has signed for American side Phoenix Rising initially as a player before stepping up into an executive role at the United Soccer League club.
Phoenix are seeking to join America’s top division the Major League Soccer as an expansion franchise and Drogba will play a role in developing the club off the field.
“Happy to announce I have signed with and will be part of the ownership group hoping to take Phoenix to the MLS,” Drogba tweeted.
Drogba last featured for MLS side Montreal Impact last year.
“I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC,” Drogba said in a statement on Phoenix Rising’s official website
“After seeing first-hand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.
“I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS.”
Ex-Chelsea player Shaun Wright-Phillips is on Phoenix’s roster and Drogba will join his ex-teammate.