Drogba's amazing outburst to rile Chelsea
The Sun says the Ivorian's latest revelations will INFURIATE Abramovich, ENRAGE Blues fans and AMAZE his fellow players.
"I know that when I say this people are going to look at the financial aspect of my move - but money didn't count for me.
"I was unhappy and it remains as simple as that.
"I was lucky as the French-speaking clan at Stamford Bridge in those days - Geremi, William Gallas and Claude Makelele - tried to help me.
"But the truth is I wanted to leave after only a few weeks. I wasn't happy at all. I had no desire to be there."
His declaration is remarkable and wounding. But it is Drogba's almost-insane admission that he wished an injury upon himself in order to avoid moving to London which will stun and confuse every fan, every pro and every medic who has ever helped an athlete try to restore his career.
"I did some absurd things just so that I wouldn't have to go to Chelsea," raps Drogba defiantly.
"The medical was in a Paris hospital and I clearly remember praying they would find a problem with my knee or something so the move would collapse.
"I didn't care what I'd lose, I wasn't interested in the money I'd make, I simply didn't want to leave Marseille.
"I admit that playing in England one day had always been a dream for me but the impact of being at Marseille completely changed me.
"I wanted to 'do a Maldini' - by staying with Marseille until the end of my career. I'd had affection for other clubs but this was pure passion."
Drogba's agent Thierno Seyde confirms that, once the medical was complete, the player's amazing determination to spurn Chelsea surfaced once again.
Seyde says: "The night before our flight to London I went down from Paris to Marseille to pick Didier up. At 4am Didier said to me, 'I don't want to go, forget it, it's all off - I'm not going to Chelsea'.
"I told him that it was too late and that everything was set up. Initially, he still said 'I don't care' but finally I managed to talk him round."
Drogba still intends to power Abramovich's side to more trophies before quitting the club in the summer he painfully remembers the days when he was mocked, criticised and unloved.
He complains: "I again wanted to leave after the second season and it was a really tough time.
"Chelsea fans were whistling and jeering me and I don't know many players who would like that - being booed by your own crowd.
"I was being accused of going down too easily - all kinds of rubbish. I reckon people were also getting after the manager at that time and, perhaps, one way to get at him was to have a go at me - one of the players who was closest to him.
"To destabilise Mourinho it was easy to have a go at me.
"Now I'm really proud that, after my third season in England, I managed to change the way people in this country looked at me and saw me as a footballer.
"Mourinho changed to 4-4-2, which allowed me to express myself much better and I had my best season ever, even exceeding my time at Marseille, which had been my yardstick up to then."