Didier Drogba‘s time in Major League Soccer may be over.
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Ahead of Montreal’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Sunday rumors were swirling that Drogba, 38, had refused to play at Stade Saputo after finding out he was only on the subs bench for the huge rivalry game.
Turns out those whispers were true.
Montreal’s head coach Mauro Biello confirmed after the game (the draw meant Montreal’s place in the MLS postseason was secure) that Drogba had refused to be on the bench.
“He didn’t accept that he would come off the bench and, in the end, he didn’t want to be in the 18,” Biello said. “There was tightness in his back, yes, but he was capable of playing. The organisation will have to handle this.”
That seems pretty ominous for Drogba.
Drogba was in stunning form in the second half of last season after arriving in Montreal, scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances, but question marks surrounded his future during the last offseason (he was linked with a coaching role at Chelsea) and he ended up arriving in Quebec late before the current season and didn’t start an MLS game until late April.
Despite some obvious issues he has delivered plenty of goals — 10 goals in 22 games this season, most of which have been stunners — this season as the Impact have secured their second-straight postseason appearance in MLS.
Whether or not Drogba makes another appearance for Montreal remains to be seen as the legendary Ivory Coast striker is only contracted to the MLS outfit until December.