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Chelsea in Drogba talks with Montreal Impact

Didier Drogba and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the Chelsea-Sunderland game on Sunday.
Didier Drogba and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the Chelsea-Sunderland game on Sunday.

Chelsea are in negotiations with Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact over a return to Stamford Bridge for former striker Didier Drogba.

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Roman Abramovich - Chelsea's billionaire owner - is understood to be keen on Drogba becoming part of Guus Hiddink's coaching staff, following this month's sacking of Jose Mourinho.

"We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC," Montreal said on social media.

"We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016 but do understand his attachment to his former club and his desire to help them."

Hiddink, when questioned by RFI, refused to reveal if Drogba would soon be back in London.

"I worked with him five or six years ago and I was delighted to have such a professional in the squad.

"He's a legend already in this club. The only thing at the moment is that he's playing in Montreal. The official process, I do not know, but I speak openly from the bottom of my heart, that huge impact players can be key for the club."

The Cote d'Ivoire forward has spent nine years at Chelsea during two spells, first representing the club between 2004 and 2012 before rejoining last season.

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