Drogba - 'I was Galatasaray bound last season but Chelsea wanted me to stay'
Didier Drogba was close to a Galatasaray move last season however, Chelsea asked the Ivorian international to stay another season according to an interview published in Turkish newspaper, Milliyet.
Drogba said, "I was in talks with Galatasaray and the manager last season. I wanted to come and was close to a move however, Chelsea wanted me to stay.
"I was actually quite surprised Chelsea still wanted me, the club were reluctant to agree to the kind of contract I wanted however, they made it clear that they wanted to keep me on.
"At the end of the season I left Chelsea for China and now I am coming [to Galatasaray] as a Champions League winner.
"Eboue has also been very supportive, he told me Galatasaray are a much bigger club than I could imagine. He's very pleased about my decision as well, Eboue is a player I have a lot of respect for.
"He told me Galatasaray is a great club with big goals and a lot of ambition. He also praised the fans and the stadium, I can't wait to meet the fans right now."
The Ivorian international also explained about what he thought and knew about Galatasaray.
"Galatasaray are a very big club," said Drogba. "Not just in Turkey either, they have also had European success and we are in a great position in the Champions League.
"The future looks bright and that really influenced my decision to join the club, I wanted to play Champions League football and being able to join a team in the last 16 is a wonderful opportunity.
"I want to win the Champions League again, I believe we can achieve this from the bottom of my heart"
The Ivory Coast international has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League trophy for Chelsea during his illustrious carreer.
Drogba joined Galatasaray on a 1.5 season contract from Chinese giants Shanghai Shenua during the transfer window.