|Didier Drogba refused to play Montreal Impact on Sunday. (Picture: Getty)|
Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba refused to play for MLS club Montreal Impact, according to his coach Mauro Biello. The 38-year-old was not named in the starting XI for Impact’s clash with Toronto FC, while his absence was initially claimed to be because of a back injury.
‘Didier wasn’t selected to start the game,’ said Biello. ‘I spoke with him yesterday and he didn’t accept the fact to come off the bench and, in the end, he did not want to be in the 18.’
|Montreal head coach Mauro Biello confirmed Drogba had refused to play. (Picture: Getty)|
The match finished 2-2 as Montreal secured a play-off place for the second consecutive season.
‘He was capable of playing,’ Biello added. ‘You’d have to ask him that question [why he reacted the way he did]. ‘In the end, everybody works hard at training every day to be ready for selection. You’re part of a team, and when you’re selected or you’re not selected, it’s about being there for your team-mates.
|Drogba joined Montreal ahead of the 2015 MLS season and has scored regularly. (Picture: Getty)|
‘It’s important that things are settled in the end one way or another and we move forward. That’s the message.’
Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush was also asked about the situation after the game and he praised Drogba’s influence since joining the club, hoping a resolution could be reached before the playoffs. ‘Didier has been great in the locker room for us, he’s been a great team-mate,’ Bush said.
‘However it was handled, that’s between him and Mauro. For us, we’re just gonna have to move forward and whatever happens next week with that situation, we’ll worry about it then.’
Meanwhile, Montreal skipper Patrice Bernier admits he is frustrated with Drogba’s reaction. ‘It sucks a bit,’ he said. ‘Now we’re talking about Didier but we qualified for the playoffs, and that’s the most important thing. The team comes before everything.’
Credit: Metro, UK