By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Chelsea have given up hope of luring Didier Drogba back to the club this year, Guus Hiddink revealed on Tuesday.
The Premier League champions have been in talks to cancel Drogba’s contract with Montreal Impact and name him on Hiddink’s backroom staff.
But the Dutchman has accepted defeat in his bid to bring the club legend back to Stamford Bridge before the end of the forthcoming MLS season.
Asked about the possibility of Drogba re-joining Chelsea at his media conference on Tuesday, Hiddink said: “Not in this moment. We leave it as it is now.
“We have to respect the contract and see further in the future.”
Montreal have said Drogba expressed a “desire to help” his old club but made it clear that his contract stipulated he would have a second season in Canada, which is due to begin in March and run until November.
“We understand his attachment, but our objective is to have him back for another season,” Montreal tweeted in a statement.
Drogba, 37, spent nine years at Stamford Bridge in two spells, first representing the club between 2004 and 2012 before rejoining them last season.