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No Drogba return yet for Chelsea, says Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink does not expect Didier Drogba to come back to Stamford Bridge this season after the striker announced his return to training with Montreal Impact.

Drogba earlier this month had discussions with Major League Soccer over his future, but said reports he had retired from playing to join Chelsea's coaching staff were premature.

And that prospect appears to be over - for now. Hiddink, speaking after Chelsea's 1-0 win at Arsenal yesterday, said: "Short-term, yes (there is no prospect). But in the longer-term, players of a big influence for this club are welcome. There is no time issue."

The 37-year-old Drogba, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 games in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.

Montreal Impact said yesterday: "Didier Drogba will not be present for the opening of the (training) camp, but he will be doing preparation work."

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