Didier Drogba is hoping to lead United Soccer League team Phoenix Rising into Major League Soccer.
Drogba has signed to play for Phoenix and will also be part of the ownership group after seeking advice from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
The Ivory Coast great, who played with Montreal Impact in 2015 and 2016, is part of an ownership group including Major League Baseball pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, DJ and producer Diplo, and business entrepreneur Berke Bakay.
"I explained to him (Abramovich) and the Chelsea board what I wanted to do," said Drogba.
"They found it interesting and I have their support. They are happy for me. Being in America doesn't mean that I'm putting Chelsea out of sight. The club is important to me and one day I will come back.
"This is exactly why I am making this move. To finish my playing career and at the same time learn a lot about how to run a team, how to be a manager, and manage difficult moments."
Happy to announce I have signed with @PHXRIsingFC and will be part of the ownership group hoping to take Phoenix to the MLS#Drogba2PHXpic.twitter.com/h1eefmqgJL
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) April 12, 2017