Didier Drogba finds the prospect of becoming a manager tempting but not ready to take up a role anywhere yet.
I never said I’ll manage a club in India, Drogba said about rumours of him managing an Indian Super League club, which surfaced during his visit to India in 2018.The idea of managing is tempting, but now I am taking a break after playing for 20 years. I am travelling and I am also the ambassador for LFP (France Football),” he continued.
The former Ivory Coast forward acknowledged the gulf between the French League and its other European counterparts and said: It’s a matter of budget. The quality is there; the young players have the opportunity to improve and become better players.
Drogba, who began his career in France playing for Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille, said: My stay in France helped me to go and thrive in the Premier League with Chelsea. I started my career in France and this is also a home for me.
The 2012 Champions League winner with Chelsea said Ligue 1, too, has the potential to become as popular as the Premier League. Each league has its specialty. Premier League is known for its intensity. It took 20 years for the Premier League to capture the audience and become popular, and the same can happen to France (Ligue 1),” he said.
Asked if Kylian Mbappe should go and play abroad, Drogba said, “It’s not for me to decide. He showed his talent in the World Cup; he can go and play anywhere he wants. The boy is really mature.
Drogba provided the honorary kick-off, along with Youri Djorkaeff, for the Coupe de la Ligue BKT final between his former club Guingamp and Strasbourg. Guingamp went down 4-1 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.