ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — New Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said Monday he will make a decision about Didier Drogba's international playing future after speaking with the veteran striker this month.
The 36-year-old Drogba was mainly used off the bench in Ivory Coast's last two major tournaments but has made no indication he wants to retire from the national team. Drogba re-joined Premier League club Chelsea last month on a season-long deal.
With Renard's appointment last week, the Ivorian federation emphasized the need to develop the next generation of players after the team's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup under former coach Sabri Lamouchi.
Renard told reporters on Monday at his first news conference as Ivory Coast coach: "You will know his (Drogba's) future with the national team" by Aug. 20, when the Frenchman is expected to name his first Ivory Coast squad for the final round of qualifiers for next year's African Cup.
Renard also said "we need to ask" why Ivory Coast's so-called golden generation of Drogba, Yaya and Kolo Toure and Didier Zokora hasn't won a major trophy.
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