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Wait! Drogba out at Chelsea? Not so fast …

May 21, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba

Well, I guess the last course of “Didier Drogba at Chelsea” hasn’t been served after all. It’s a little like deciding on desert, I suppose. Maybe…but maybe not. “We’ll let you know in a minute, Garçon.”

The word fell earlier today that Drogba was out at Stamford Bridge, for sure. Then, the very same outlet threw up a piece that knocked down its previous piece.

In all honesty, we should have been skeptical all along, since reports in the original piece quoted reports from another piece, which were in a different language, no less. The original ESPN Soccernet account of today’s unfolding events quoted a France Football account of today’s unfolding events. See? Fairly unstable.

So, stay tuned.

Bottom line for me? Selfishly, I don’t want to see the guy in China, as speculation has centered. Yes, he’s 34, and I’m usually the party pooper, buzz-kill machine reminding everyone that MLS is no retirement community. It’s a physical league with taxing travel demands, surely no place for men who safely stash their “give-a-care” before departure from European ports.

That said, Drogba works in “physical” the way Van Gogh worked in oils, the way Kellogg works in cereal, the way … well, you get the point. He does “physical.”

Should some MLS side sign him up for a three- or four-year hitch? Nah.

But if he can be had for a two-year deal? I’d take that in a second. A striker who knows how to manufacture big moments when they truly matter? A guy who could spot in through the long season, but potentially carry you through the playoffs the way he just carried Chelsea’s Champions League campaign? A guy who is a hot name right now, who could actually move the attendance needle a little?

Yep. Give me that guy.

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