SWINDON: Chelsea’s Champions League hero Didier Drogba was given a rapturous welcome as he carried the Olympic flame. Drogba was mobbed by thousands of people lining the route as he jogged through Swindon town centre in western England with his torch on the fifth day of the relay ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. The Ivory Coast striker has admitted he may have been persuaded to stay at Chelsea if they had not won the Champions League for the first time in their history, but with his goal achieved it is time to move on. Meanwhile, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua’s talks with Drogba are continuing ‘just as planned’, according to club president Zhu Jun.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2012.