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Chelsea's Drogba: I wanted to strike over Mourinho exit

In his new autobiography, C'Etait Pas Gagne, Drogba revealed his growing frustration at playing for Chelsea and his anger at the treatment of former boss Jose Mourinho brought him to the brink of turning his back on the team in their hour of need.

He said: "When I held Mourinho in my arms I couldn't hold back my tears - it was too much."

Drogba wanted to leave after Mourinho's dramatic dressing-room speech about betrayal and the manager's happiness to be turning his back on the club he had returned to greatness.

The striker admitted he could not "look certain team-mates in the eye."

He also admits for the first time there were two groups in the Cobham training ground - those who were pro-Mourinho and "the others."

He added: "If I had left mid-season it would have been for a club aiming for the top prize in continental football - and that meant I would not have been able to line up for Chelsea in the Champions League.

"It was a terrible dilemma. But I was ready not to play - I was feeling stubborn."

In the end, Drogba's agent and also former Olympique Marseille president Pape Diouf urged him to buck up his ideas and play on.

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