'Go back to China' - Marseille fans attack prodigal son Drogba

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The chances of the Ivorian returning to his old stamping ground have been dismissed by coach Rudi Garcia and by fans, who criticised the forward

Marseille supporters have launched an attack on veteran striker Didier Drogba, telling him in no uncertain terms they do not want him back at the club. 

Drogba enjoyed a stellar single season at the Stade Velodrome back in 2003-04, smashing 32 goals in the campaign and leading the club to the UEFA Cup final. 

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That form helped the Ivorian earn a move to Chelsea, where he established himself as one of the world's most potent goalscorers in a career that subsequently took him to Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and Montreal Impact.

The striker has long held that he would like a move back to Marseille at some point, and told Canal + in January that he would like to "keep his promise" and grace the club once more. 

But if the reaction of l'OM's fans is anything to go by, he may not find it as easy to go back as he may have believed. 

"Drogba, stop saying you love L'OM, you make in a month what we won't earn in a lifetime," read a banner unfurled during Marseille's Ligue 1 match against Monaco on Sunday. 

"Stop feeling sorry for yourself and go back to China".

Coach Rudi Garcia has already moved to play down a possible transfer, stating that "it's true that he was a fantastic player here. But I think that sometimes you have to just leave the great experiences as they are."

As well as his former club, Drogba had also been linked with a blockbuster move to Brazilian giants Corinthians after ending his MLS stint with Montreal. 

But Timao director of football Flavio Audato also ruled out a move, calling the rumours a "lack of respect" for fans in an interview with Estado

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