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French champions Lyon have confirmed an interest in signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

The Ivorian admitted last week that he was desperate to leave Stamford Bridge before apologising and confirming that he would not discuss his future again until the end of the season.

A return to French football could be an option for Drogba after Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas expressed his admiration.

yon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, a confirmed admirer of Drogba, acknowledged that the sale of Florent Malouda to Chelsea in the summer has left Lyon short of an incentive for Drogba to join.

“Everything is possible in football,” Aulas told Aujourd’hui. “Didier Drogba is an exceptional footballer who loves France.

“We had an asset [to make him come] here, Florent Malouda, who was playing for us.

“Unfortunately he has left for Chelsea. If we had to sign both of them, it is maybe beyond our means.”

Meanwhile, Drogba says the appointment of Henk Ten Cate to the coaching staff at Chelsea will not change his thoughts about the club.

Drogba told The Times: “I have not had the time to talk to him. He is here to achieve the objectives set down by the club.

“I have never heard the rumour about Guus Hiddink arriving in November as the general manager.

“I don’t get hung up about such things. Whichever coach they bring in, it will change nothing.”

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