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Kalou reveals Drogba's MLS ambition

August 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Didier Drogba is hopeful of finishing his professional career in the United States, according to former team-mate Salomon Kalou.

Salomon Kalou is replaced by Didier Drogba
GettyImagesKalou and Drogba combined at Chelsea

Kalou told Goal.com that his international compatriot is keen to move to the MLS, with the Los Angeles Galaxy looming as a possible destination.

Drogba has another 12 months remaining on his contract with Turkish side Galatasaray, with his future beyond next season unclear, although Kalou insists the MLS is one of the 35-year-old's biggest ambitions at present.

"He loves America, he always goes there for holidays and it's a place he always enjoys," Kalou told Goal. "For him to work there would be an amazing experience. I think that's his goal and that's where he wants to finish [his career]. 

"He hasn't told me directly, but he has told me that finishing in New York or LA would be amazing experience. I know that's in his mind right now. He would love to finish there.

"Didier is the type of guy who never goes to a place without making an impact. For him, going to MLS is a great thing because MLS is developing as a football league. I think having Didier in that league would give it an extra boost and continue to help the league develop."

Kalou has been linked with a move to West Ham, with recent reports suggesting the London club have agreed a deal with Lille to lure him back to the Premier League.

But the winger remained coy on reports suggesting he is ready to leave France.

"Well right now, I haven't really talked about it, I'm working hard on my pre-season," he added. "I'm trying to get myself ready for the season. I still have a contract with Lille.

"The most important thing is to stay focused and I think the club will decide in the right moment and I'll decide at the right moment."

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