The 37-year-old moved to play down the revelations, announcing in a tweet that he is still in conversation with the MLS club regarding his future and saying he has “not yet announced [his] retirement”, though talks will continue over a departure that would signal the end of his playing days.
The Blues legend signed an 18-month deal with the Canadian side in the summer after his deal with Chelsea came to an end, scoring 11 goals in 11 appearances in MLS and notably netting a hat-trick on his first start.
But the Ivorian has been locked in talks with Montreal over ending his stay early in order to join the new coaching set up at Chelsea, with reports emerging that he is set to announce his retirement in the coming days.
The decision would free Drogba up to be reunited with Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge, who has made no secret of his desire to bring his one-time charge back to the club.
Drogba enjoyed his near four-month spell working under Hiddink back in 2009 when the Dutchman was drafted in following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, scoring in three straight games as Chelsea won the FA Cup.
The 37-year-old sat alongside Hiddink in Roman Abramovich’s box for Chelsea’s first match following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in December.
At the time, Hiddink revealed he was trying to add Drogba to Chelsea’s backroom staff, though his existing contract would prove to be a stumbling block.
“We definitely intend to get him involved,” confirmed the Dutchman at the end of 2015. “We want to get important players involved with the club they care about. Drogba’s heart is with Chelsea.”