Didier Drogba joins US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner
Didier Drogba, the onetime Chelsea striker, has joined Phoenix Rising, of the second rank of the American league system, as actor and owner
The onetime Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined the United Soccer League line-up Phoenix Rising as a actor and co-owner.
The 39 -year-old has not played since leaving Major League Soccers Montreal Impact in November but he has taken up the chance to join Phoenixs MLS expansion franchise ownership group.
To own a team and has become a actor at the same season is exceptional but its going to be very exciting, Drogba pronounced. Its a good transition because I want to carry on playing but Im virtually 40 and its important for me to prepare for my last-minute career.
Phoenix have just started their fourth season in the Western Conference of USL, which forms part of the second rank of the American league system. The Arizona club are one of 12 teams entreat for two brand-new MLS franchises and Drogba revealed he had spoken with the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for advice.
I explained to him and the Chelsea board what I wanted to do, pronounced Drogba.
They felt it entertaining and they are happy for me. Being in America doesnt mean that Im putting Chelsea out of batch. The team means a lot to me and the working day I will come back.
I had furnishes from China, from England in both the Premier League and even the Championship but they were only as a actor, Drogba told the BBCs Premier League Show.
This was the right offer because it was important for me to think about playing, because I enjoy it, but too to get to the next stage of my career.
Phoenix Rising have several actors with Premier League suffer including the onetime Leicester man Jordan Stewart and a onetime team-mate of Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips.