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Didier Drogba had the opportunity to team up with former Chelsea players alongside former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Chelsea, but he has now revealed why he refused the offer to come back to Chelsea after his playing career.
Drogba hung up his boots at the end of last year after a spell with Phoenix Rising and announced in September that he would run for the top job at the Ivory Coast Football Federation.
The 41-year-old has now revealed he didn’t accept the Chelsea job because of his love for Ivorian football, as he plans on leading the country’s football federation.
Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting in Abidjan, Drogba said: “I had an offer to stay at Chelsea where everything would be perfect and conditions are met.
“But I want to help Ivorian football because I love it!”
Speaking at a business forum when he first announced his plans, Drogba said: “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 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.”