Didier Drogba signs with Montreal Impact

July 27, 2015
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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed for Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact.

The 37-year-old left Stamford Bridge this summer after playing 381 games and winning four Premier League titles across two spells with the London club.

Drogba is the Ivory Coast’s all-time top scorer, with 65 goals in 105 international appearances.
Montreal president Joey Saputo said the signing made it “one of the biggest days in club history”.

He added: “It’s an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact. From the first conversation I had with him, I felt that he really wanted to play in Montreal.
“His arrival will be beneficial in every aspect.”

New Montreal Impact signing Didier Drogba wants to bring a winning mentality to the MLS club but said he would not be looking to be treated as a “superstar.”

Montreal is sixth in the Eastern Conference table and well within reach of the playoffs, so winning games is a priority for the club and its latest addition.

“I’m not here to change the way players play or the system — that’s up to the coach,” Drogba told reporters and fans at his news conference on Thursday night. “I think what I can bring is a mentality. I came here to win. Believe me, if I wasn’t able to do that I wouldn’t be here.

Drogba will be a designated player at the Canadian side, which means his wages will not be restricted by the MLS salary cap.

Drogba follows former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard in moving to the North American league, with the 37-year-old having joined New York City.