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The former Chelsea man has expressed his wish to return to the club one day, but he said that the Ligue 1 outfit could not afford to sanction a deal this winter.

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba says financial complications prevented him moving to Olympique de Marseille in January.

The 35-year-old moved to the Turkish side from Shanghai Shenhua during the winter transfer window, and he admitted that finances thwarted a return to his former club instead.

"It was not possible this winter," Drogba told Canal+. "Financially, there are ways to find solutions that make everyone happy, but it was complicated.

"There are supporters who still say that I went to China when I had said I would come back [to Marseille].

"It's a matter of what is feasible. And it was not feasible.

"So, what do I do? Waiting instead of continuing my career? Obviously, I continued, keeping my heart blue and white. It's simple."

Drogba played for Marseille for just a single season, during the 2003-2004 campaign, but helped the club to reach a UEFA Cup final, where it was beaten 2-0 by Valencia. Drogba is currently preparing for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals where he will face his former manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, when Galatasaray meets Real Madrid.

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