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Published: 10:21 | 7/1/16

Drogba denies retirement claims

Striker still in talks with Montreal Impact

Didier Drogba has dismissed reports that he has retired from football in order to return to Chelsea.

Drogba has a year to run on his contract with Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact but he has been repeatedly linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge since Guus Hiddink was appointed interim manager last month.

French sports daily L'Equipe on Wednesday reported that the 37-year-old had decided to bring his playing career to an end in order to join the Chelsea coaching staff.

However, he has yet to make a final decision and remains in talks with the Canadians about his future.

"Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future," Drogba wrote on Twitter.

Drogba spent eight years at Chelsea before leaving in the wake of the 2012 Champions League victory, only to return to the club ahead of the 2014-15 season.

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