Lukaku can prove himself by rejoining Chelsea - Drogba

Lukaku can prove himself by rejoining Chelsea - Drogba”

In addition to Chelsea, Drogba has played for several teams in France, famed Turkish team Galatasaray (the boyhood club of Phoenix Rising Governor Berke Bakay) as well as Chinese power Shanghai Shenua and Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact.

Phoenix now play in the second tier of United States soccer, but as part of his executive role Drogba will be charged with helping the franchise secure one of four Major League Soccer expansion places.

Coached by longtime MLS manager Frank Yallop and featuring Drogba's former Chelsea teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips and ex-Mexican worldwide Omar Bravo, Phoenix Rising FC next play on Saturday, April 23, when they'll host Swope Park Rangers - Sporting Kansas City's USL club - in Arizona.

Drogba's last football adventure was in the Major Soccer League in November with Montreal Impact.

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Drogba will team up with former New York Red Bull Shaun Wright-Phillips and former Mexico worldwide Omar Bravo as the club vies for one of the four coveted expansion spots on offer from MLS that are expected to be announced later in 2017.

More recently, rumours swirled that Drogba could be on the verge of returning to U.S. soccer scenem and on Wednesday that move was confirmed.

Right now his playing focus for at least the next season, and perhaps one more after that, is to help Phoenix rise to the next level.

The deal will allow Rising FC to put Drogba on the pitch in the young 2017 campaign, before moving him to a technical role for the following two seasons. "That was fantastic for me".

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Chelsea signed Lukaku from Anderlecht as an 18-year-old in 2011, but he made just 10 Premier League appearances - only one from the start - with loan spells at West Brom and Everton proving more fruitful.

"I will need time to get ready". Then, it was the turn of Arizona United before a rebranding exercise took place late past year and the Phoenix Rising were born. In time we will see what kind of impact the two-time African Footballer of the Year award victor has.

Watch the full interview with Didier Drogba in The Premier League show on BBC Two on Thursday, 13 April (22:00 BST).

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