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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was offered a coaching role at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard but he turned down the offer.
Drogba has now revealed he turned down the role at Chelsea because wants to head the Ivory Coast FA.
Drogba won the Champions League and four Premier League titles during his nine seasons at Stamford Bridge. He also won four FA Cups and three League Cups during his two spells at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba said: “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.”
Drogba won 105 caps for the Elephants. He retired from playing last year following a spell with US club Phoenix Rising.
The 41-year-old revealed his plans at a business forum in his home city Abidjan on Thursday.