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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has rejected a return to former club Marseille because they have ‘no ambition’.
The 37-year-old is currently a free agent after his contract in his second -spell at Stamford Bridge expired.
The Ivory Coast international has been linked with big-money moves across the world and is keen on a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls while French giants Marseille are keen admirers of the striker.
The Le Mans academy product impressed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho while at Ligue 1 side Marseille which got him the move to the Blues for £24million in 2004.
However, Drogba has been hugely put off a return to the Stade Velodrome due to Marseille being unable to keep stars such as Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Drogba was disappointed with his former club, he said: “It’s not a question of money. I like to have a project. And Marseille, which I know well, does not have a project.
“They have sold their best players, whom they let go till the end of their contracts. I’m talking about Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac… and they’ll lose more.
“I don’t want to go to Marseille to just play. If I go somewhere, it’s to win, and I want to win. The question has been coming up for ten years.
“There have been times when I could have returned, but the timing wasn’t right and each time my name comes up when it’s time to renew season tickets. I don’t want people to use me for financial purposes.” he added.
The Ivorian forward decided not to extend his deal with Chelsea at the end of last season after finding starting chances limited in Mourinho’s squad.
Prior to his exit from Stamford Bridge, he said: “I know next year I will want to have more minutes than now.
“I want to play and finish on a high knowing I gave everything.
“I just want to enjoy before I say stop. For me to stay here and finish on a frustration is not possible.” he finished.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)