A report has claimed that Didier Drogba’s son, Isaac, has gone AWOL from Academica, his club in Portugal, after travelling to France and failing to return.
Drogba, 21, was thrust into the spotlight after scoring his first goal during his stint at Serie D side Folgore Caratese a year ago – before he moved on to his current side.
However, the youngster is said to have taken time away from football to fly abroad to undergo school exams in January, and he has not yet reported back to Academica.
Publication Zerozero, via AS, have even claimed that neither officials at the club or his teammates have heard from Drogba since, despite him still having a contract.
The team’s U23 coach Miguel Carvalho has shed light on the bizarre situation, admitting he does not know whether the starlet will return at all.
‘He is a fun, fast, technically good striker, he needed time to grow,’ he said.
‘The one who comes from outside always he needs some time and he didn’t have it.
‘He left and we don’t know if he’ll come back. It’s a shame to be a bit settled because the quality is there.
‘We agreed on a return date and he didn’t show up. We haven’t heard anything more about him.’
Carvalho went on to add: ‘I met a good boy. The difference is that he didn’t need to work to earn money at a higher level.
‘I met many footballers and the ones who really want are the ones who fight.
‘In January he said goodbye to us, he said he was going to spend the weekend in France with his family and he didn’t come back.
‘Honestly, I don’t even know if he’s going to come back.’
The younger Drogba started his career at Chelsea, the club his father flourished at, but departed Stamford Bridge for Guingamp in France in 2018.