Drogba: “I want to play” beyond 2016 season

Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP

Lost in the mix with the Montreal Impact’s dream run to the Eastern Conference final is Didier Drogba, who has had a tumultuous season with the Canadian side.

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Between injuries and dissension with the organization, Drogba has manned the bench for the Impact for much of the latter half of the season, but that hasn’t diminished his thoughts on extending his career beyond 2016.

“My contract is up with Montreal, so I’ll be free at the end of the season. I think I’ll continue. I don’t know what my reaction will be if we win the MLS,” Drogba told RTL. “I’m not tired mentally. I can stay at training for two hours going over my drills. When I have a ball at my feet, I’m still like a child.”

The 38-year-old will be without a contract following the conclusion of the 2016 MLS season, so it remains to be seen if Drogba will remain in the United States or potentially make a return to Europe.

Drogba has scored 10 goals this season for the Impact in 22 matches, however, his last finish came back in September against the New England Revolution. That said, Drogba’s assist after coming off the bench against the New York Red Bulls in the East semifinals helped propel his side to their current standing, leaving them among MLS’ final four teams.

While Drogba is still content playing for at least another year, the Ivorian does have plans in place for when he finally decides to hang up his boots.

“I want to play, everything is open. What I want is to enjoy myself. Nothing is clear, but I want to give myself the possibility, if one day I’m needed, to be available regardless of the position.

“So, that means courses, exams, I’m going to try and pass all my coaching badges and then be available if ever I’m needed.”