ended speculation that he would leave the Montreal Impact, with which he is contracted through the 2016 season, when he tweeted
that he was headed to Qatar to begin preseason work on his own. He will join the Impact for the second part of training
camp, beginning Feb. 15 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
There had been talk that Drogba, 37, would retire as a player and return to Chelsea as an assistant to Dutch manager Guus
, who was appointed to replace Jose Mourinho
last fall. The Ivory Coast star spent eight seasons at Chelsea (2004-12) before returning to Stamford Bridge after stints in China and
Montreal will kick off its training camp on Monday at Olympic Stadium. After two training sessions, the team will fly to Orlando, Florida, where it will continue its camp until
After the Blues' 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday, Hiddink said Drogba would not join him at this time.
"But in the longer term," he added, "we talked about players of a
big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome. There is no time issue on this. I wish him all the best now for one of his last seasons."
The Impact will kick off training
camp on Monday at Olympic Stadium, then fly to Orlando, Florida, where the club will continue its camp until Feb. 5. A total of 25 players will be in Montreal, including six invitees from FC