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Hiddink confirms desire to have Didier Drogba as Chelsea assistant coach


during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2015 in London, England.

Clive Rose

New Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, overseeing training for the first time, confirmed that he wishes to have Chelsea legend and current Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba as his assistant manager.

“I’d be happy to have him here,” Hiddink said of Drogba. “At the moment he is still attached to his contract in Canada. But it is intended that he’s involved.”

According to a report by Paris news weekly Jeune Afrique on Friday, Didier Drogba was offered the assistant job by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich just hours after Jose Mourinho was sacked. There is no word on whether he will accept, but should he take the position, the report states he would be required to leave his current MLS club Montreal Impact.

The Impact have steadfastly denied Drogba having had any contact with Chelsea, tweeting that the report is false.

There had been rumors of Drogba’s inclusion in the new coaching staff for a few days, and he was pictured next to both Abramovich and Guus Hiddink at Chelsea’s most recent match, a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Drogba made 381 appearances for Chelsea throughout his career, winning the Premier League four times and one Champions League title. He also has 104 appearances for the Ivory Coast, retiring from international play in 2014.

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