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Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba turns down Corinthians

Didier Drogba left Montreal Impact in November
Image: Didier Drogba left Montreal Impact in November and has turned down moves to South Melbourne and Corinthians

Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has revealed he has turned down a move to Brazilian club Corinthians.

The 38-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Montreal Impact in November and recently rejected the opportunity to join Australian A-League side South Melbourne.

Drogba admitted to feeling honoured by Corinthians' interest in him, but opted against a move to Brazil following talks with the club's president Roberto de Andrade.

Didier Drogba (R) and  Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final
Image: Drogba helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012

"There have been a lot of rumours linking me to a move to Corinthians but it was important for me to speak with Mr Roberto de Andrade, the President of the team, which I did today," Drogba said.

"I explained to him that while I am very honoured at their interest in me joining the club, it does not feel like the right move for me at this time.

"I would like to thank the club and all the Corinthians fans for the messages and wish you all every success for the new season."

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Drogba scored 23 goals in 47 appearances during his two years with the Impact after being released by Chelsea at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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The former Ivory Coast international netted 164 times during two spells with Chelsea, helping the Blues win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League.

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