Football: Drogba may join Lampard and Gerrard in United States

Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Didier Drogba will not play for another English team when he leaves Chelsea and may follow Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard by ending his career in the United States.

The 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward played his final game for Chelsea when the English Premier League champions beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

"There are some really fantastic teams in the Premier League but my love for this club... I can't share it with another English team," he said on Monday.

"Of course I'm interested in the USA," added Drogba. "Now I'm going to have a few days and weeks to think about what is good for me next but all I want is to play."

His former Chelsea team-mate Lampard, who was on loan with Manchester City this season, is about to start a new career with New York City FC. Gerrard played his last game for Liverpool on Sunday before joining the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Drogba re-signed for Chelsea last year after leaving in 2012 following a highly successful eight-year spell with the London club. The Ivorian has won four Premier League titles with Chelsea, three League Cups, four FA Cups and the Champions League.

Drogba was voted the club's greatest-ever player by supporters in 2012.