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Didier Drogba Could Already be Looking to Get Out of Montreal

If rumors are to be believed, Drogba could already be thinking about a loan move this offseason in the middle of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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There's no denying how good Didier Drogba has been for the Montreal Impact since arriving in late July. The forward only failed to score in two starts in the regular season (but did so again against Columbus Crew SC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal last Sunday) and has 12 goals in 13 games since moving to Major League Soccer.

He is a major impact - no pun intended - for Montreal and the defensive target of Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter and his staff.

But could he already be on his way out the door?

Well, not out the door permanently but according to a report for the The Mirror, he is already seeking a loan move for this offseason. According to the report, Joey Saputo, who owns the Impact and Italian side Bologna, is looking to convince Drogba to head to his overseas club during the MLS offseason.

If this is true, Drogba's head may not be in the best place heading into Sunday's Eastern Conference Semifinal leg two with the Black & Gold. The striker failed to score in the first leg and, despite his antics, wasn't a major factor.

Could Drogba already be considering this move and thinking about a return to European football? If so, how effective will he be?

Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves, MLSSoccer.com and Montreal have refuted these rumors.

Maybe it's true, maybe it's not. It's certainly possible that this idea has been floated to Drogba and he has not made any sort of decision or this was not supposed to get out until after the Impact finished the postseason run.

Rumors or not, this is something that's now out there. Could it impact Drogba in leg two?

Crew SC fans certainly would like that to be the case.