Reports emanating from the dressing rooms of Stamford Bridge claim that Didier Drogba may very well be on his way out of Chelsea.
The Ivorian strong man was left out of the Chelsea’s squad that beat Southend United 4-1 in the FA Cup third-round. The reports claim that the decision was not a tactical one but one of a loaded message which leaves Drogba’s Chelsea future hanging in the balance.
However, some reports say Drogba is just the first major casualty following the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
According to the Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, ‘All the players have had their chance. I have given every player at least five or six games to impress.’ The story about Drogba’s departure, first leaked by The Daily Mirror, claims that Luiz Felipe told the footballer that he can leave if he wishes to.
It appears that “Didier is so disgusted with Chelsea that he is ready to go. He is happy to make a financial sacrifice, so long as he can play for a club that really wants him.” said the Mirror, quoting a close friend.
Drogba has hit the net just three times in the last 17 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions and it seems as though Scolari has run out of patience with the 30 year-old.
Speculations have it that the Ivorian striker could move back to the French club, Olympique Marseille, from where he made his move to Chelsea in 2005 for a whopping 24 million pounds.
The Ivory Coast forward has however been linked with a move to Inter Milan, as he has looked a shadow of the player he once was in the colors of Chelsea where he has scored 83 goals in all competitions since 2004.