African icon and legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is ready to retire from international football, but only after he gets one more bite at the World Cup. The former Chelsea striker has said that he will step down from the Ivory Coast squad after the 2014 World Cup, giving him a chance to also appear in this winter’s African Cup of Nations.
“This Africa Cup of Nations edition will be no doubt my last edition. At a time in life, you have to step aside, and I can confirm that after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, if we qualify, it would certainly be the time for me to say goodbye to international football,” Drogba told France Football on Thursday.
Drogba also went on to say that he hopes to be playing club football until the age of 39, hinting at a potential move to Major League Soccer in the United States.
“This is not my last contract. If I’m able to achieve my objectives at the end of my contract with Shanghai Shenhua in 2014, I’d love to attempt another adventure, maybe in the United States,” he said.
“I had some proposals last summer but they all looked like what I had in England. I wanted to move far way to another culture. I’ll be 37 then and I think I can still play because I’m always a young man in front of the ball,” Drogba concluded.