HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED

 

Didier Drogba could have had a different career path if Southampton had been successful with their bid to sign the Ivorian football legend. It was revealed that the Saints tried to sign Didier Drogba while he was with Guingamp in the French league. According to The Athletic, Southampton wanted to sign Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda while the two players were on the payroll of Guingamp. The two players would go on to play for Chelsea in the Premier League.


The publication from The Athletic revealed that Southampton’s former owner Rupert Lowe had a deal lined up for both Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda but the Saints were not able to get the deal across the line. Didier Drogba was 25 at the time, while FlorentMalouda was 23 at the time of the interest from Southampton. Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda were important players in the Guingamp team that was punching above its weight in the French top flight at that time. Continue reading “HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED”

DROGBA SUPPORTS WEBO IN RACISM FIGHT

 

Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba has thrown his weight behind Istanbul Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo who was on the receiving end of a racist comment from one of the match officials for the Champions League meeting between hosts Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. Didier Drogba took to his official Twitter handle to talk about the incident that led to the Champions League game being abandoned.


According to the former Chelsea striker, the players of both PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir were right to abandon the game as a result of the incident as he thanked Pierre Webo and Demba Ba for standing out. Senegalese striker Demba Ba was the first player to take up the case with the match officials immediately after the incident. Didier Drogba spoke about it on his Twitter page earlier on Wednesday as he posted the video of the incident. He also added that the Romanian fourth official, who was guilty of the racist remark towards Webo, could have addressed the Istanbul Basaksehir coach as this guy rather than this black guy.
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Didier Drogba speaks on Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he had a close relationship with Romelu Lukaku during their time together at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international struggled to make a strong impression with the west London side but his decision to move on has paid dividends with him becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in the world.

Speaking to HLN, Drogba revealed that the duo were close to each other at former club Chelsea and Lukaku continues to ask advice whenever possible. He added that Lukaku is one of the best in the world but he has ample room for improvement, given he is approaching the prime of his professional career.

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Didier Drogba raves about Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has heaped praise on the performances of compatriot Nicolas Pepe in Ligue 1 this term. The 23-year-old has been in stellar form for Lille this season with 17 goals and eight assists in the French top-flight and this has kept them on course for a return to next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to Goal.com, Drogba said that he has heard plenty of good things about the progress of Pepe and he is confident that the forward can leapfrog the 19-goal tally, he achieved with Marseille during the 2003-04 season, he told: “He has very good statistics and he will easily exceed my goals record in Ligue 1. He is fast and a complete and efficient player. We need players like him in Ligue 1. I have been hearing about him for some time, especially because he has been part of the Ivorian national team for several years.”
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Sol Bamba credits Didier Drogba for influencing his professional career

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has said that Didier Drogba played a role in shaping up his professional playing career. The 34-year-old shared the same dressing room with the former Chelsea star in the national setup and he has now spoken about the experience of playing with and against the Ivory Coast legend.

Speaking to reporters, Bamba hailed the qualities of the former Blues ace, who recently retired from the beautiful game, he said: “Didier Drogba was our captain and he was the best striker I ever came up against. What a player, strong with both feet, good in the air and on his day I quickly learned you cannot mark him. It was good experience trying, though!”
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Didier Drogba rules out Indian Super League stint

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has indicated that he has no plans of featuring in the Indian Super League as a player after recently calling time on his professional career. The Ivorian great decided to bow out of the playing field after 20 years in the game and he is now looking forward to a new phase of life.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Drogba highlighted that he has no plans of playing in the Indian Super League but he would do his part to encourage Indian football, he said:“I think there are other ways to encourage Indian football but I am not going to come out of retirement and play again. Once you announce that you are done it’s good to try to stick to it. I have done and achieved everything in the last 20 years so I think it’s time for me to relax a bit.”
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Didier Drogba Hails John Terry after Defender Announces Retirement

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has congratulated John Terry after the defender announced his retirement from the game. The 37-year-old has been without a club over the last few months after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. He has been linked with several clubs – including Spartak Moscow – over a short-term contract. However, he has now decided to hang up his boots and instead look at other options in his life. The 37-year-old will be remembered as one of the greatest Premier League defenders around and his retirement news quickly brought about a lot of congratulatory messages from around the world.

Didier Drogba was one of the latest to acknowledge the brilliant career enjoyed by John Terry, who spent 18 years at Chelsea winning numerous honours. Terry was able to lift Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, and several other domestic honours during his time with the blues. He was hoping for a return back to the Premier League with Aston Villa but those hopes were dashed when the club failed to get promotion last season. Frank Lampard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Ballack, and several other famous names in world football came up with glowing tributes of the 37-year-old. Drogba even claimed that Terry is yet to pay him money owed from a bet.
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Didier Drogba: Cristiano Ronaldo made a good choice to join Juventus

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to head to Juventus this summer. The Portugal international has linked up with the Bianconeri following nine successful seasons with Real Madrid and Drogba feels the attacker has made the good choice at the current phase of his career.

Speaking to Football Italia, Drogba said: “I am not remotely surprised [by Ronaldo transfer]. I find it as a perfect, exciting and such a good choice that I was about to do it, too. I thought I had already joined a Serie A club and we were down to the details, but then everything evaporated. Don’t ask me the club, there’s no point opening that up now. In any case, it was more than just an offer and I was very interested, so I perfectly understand Ronaldo’s desire to play in Serie A.”
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Romelu Lukaku credits Didier Drogba for his progress

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has acknowledged that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has played a key role in helping him develop into a top-class footballer. The 25-year-old made just 15 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge but he has nevertheless forged a Premier League career after impressing with the likes of Everton and Manchester United.

 

Speaking to reporters, Lukaku highlighted that Drogba is like a ‘big brother’ to him and admitted that he holds a close relationship with the Ivorian footballer, he said: “Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me. He’s helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship. He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things.”
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Mohamed Salah reveals Didier Drogba urged him to break Premier League record

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has revealed that former teammate Didier Drogba urged him to break the Premier League record for the most goals by an African player. The Chelsea favourite had notched 29 goals during the 2009/10 league season but the feat was eventually surpassed by Salah, who scored 32 times on his way to winning the Golden Boot.

Speaking to reporters, Salah admitted that Drogba advised him to break the feat which he did with flying colours, he said: “When I reached 20 goals, I spoke with Didier Drogba. He told me: ‘Please, break the record!’ to which I responded laughing: ‘No worries, I will!’ And I managed [it]. So I thought to myself, I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record! It’s a great source of joy for me.”
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