Didier Drogba joins US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner

    , the previous Chelsea striker, has actually signed up with Phoenix Rising, of the 2nd tier of the American league system, as gamer and owner

    The previous Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has actually signed up with the United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a gamer and co-owner.

    The 39-year-old has actually not played considering that leaving Major League Soccers Montreal Impact in November however he has actually used up the opportunity to sign up with Phoenixs growth franchise ownership group.

    To own a group and be a gamer at the very same time is uncommon however its going to be extremely interesting, Drogba stated. Due to the fact that I desire to bring on playing however Im nearly 40 and its crucial for me to prepare for my later profession, its an excellent shift.

    Phoenix have actually simply begun their 4th season in the Western Conference of USL, which forms part of the 2nd tier of the American league system. The Arizona club are among 12 groups bidding for 2 brand-new MLS franchises and Drogba exposed he had actually talked to the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for guidance.

    I discussed to him and the Chelsea board what I wished to do, stated Drogba.

    They discovered it fascinating and they more than happy for me. Remaining in America does not indicate that Im putting Chelsea out of sight. The club is very important to me and one day I will return.

    I had deals from China, from England in both the Premier League as well as the Championship however they were just as a gamer, Drogba informed the BBCs Premier League Show.

    This was the ideal deal since it was very important for me to think of playing, due to the fact that I enjoy it, however likewise to obtain to the next phase of my profession.

    Phoenix Rising have a number of gamers with Premier League experience consisting of the previous Leicester guy Jordan Stewart and a previous team-mate of Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

    Weiterlesen: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/didier-drogba-us-side-phoenix-rising-player-co-owner-mls