Dropped Chelsea striker Drogba would love to return to old employers Marseille

Didier Drogba has admitted he has unfinished business with former club Marseille and would love to play there again.

The Chelsea striker, who has fallen foul of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after a poor performance in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester United nine days ago, is expected to be sold in the summer.

Drogba left Marseille for Chelsea in a £24million deal in 2004, but insisted he never wanted to leave the French club having spent just 12 months there.

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Didier Drogba

Feeling blue: Drogba (left) misses playing in Ligue 1

Marseille made a bid to sign the 30-year-old on loan this month only to concede they couldn't afford his wages.

Drogba hasn't given up on returning in the future, but says it is up to Marseille to agree a deal with Chelsea.

He said: 'It's unfinished business with Marseille. It's hard to know if one day we will have the chance to finish this adventure, maybe in a better way.


Drogba celebrates scoring a double for Marseille against Newcastle in the 2004 UEFA Cup semi-final

'It hurts me to see people cry like that, asking me to come back. It's tough for me to find the right words to explain the relationship that exists between Marseille fans and me.

'I still love this club and it will never change, whatever happens. I still feel at home there. It's not necessarily the right moment for me to speak about a possible return to L'OM.

'I have a lot of respect for Chelsea and as long as I'm under contract with them, I can't express myself.

'If something is made to happen, I don't know on which conditions, L'OM are going to have to contact Chelsea.'

Drogba is set to face Ipswich in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday after being left out of the squad for the past two games.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are believed to be considering making a signing this month after all because of Joe Cole's season-ending knee injury.

While Scolari is not meeting with the board today to discuss it, as has been reported, the club have begun to look at possible options.

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