Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has revealed he has turned down a move to Brazilian club Corinthians. The 38-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Montreal Impact in November.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) February 1, 2017
“There have been a lot of rumours linking me to a move to Corinthians but it was important for me to speak with Mr Roberto de Andrade the President of the team which I did today,” Drogba said. “I explained to him that whilst I am very honoured at their interest in me joining the club, it does not feel like the right move for me at this time.
“I would like to thank the club and all the Corinthians fans for the messages and wish you all every success for the new season.”
Corinthians issued a statement in which they thanked Drogba for speaking to them.
“Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, through its presidency, thanks Ivorian striker Didier Drogba for the talks in recent weeks with Roberto de Andrade,” it read.
“Life is made up of choices, and so the world-renowned player will follow another course in the season. We thank the athlete for the attention he has given us during this period, and we are sure that we have won the affection of one more loyal supporter.”