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Didier Drogba: I had Chelsea coaching offer

Didier Drogba admits he was offered a coaching job by Chelsea.

Drogba said he passed up the opportunity as he instead wants to have a major influence on Ivorian football.

He said: "Chelsea offered me the chance to return to them as a coach.

"But being a coach does not interest me. I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach.

"A coach has an impact on a club - but I want to have an impact on an entire nation.

"I could have stayed at Chelsea, but I think the real challenge is here.

"I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here.

"The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past.

"The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited.

"There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project."

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