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Drogba demanded to be taken out of 18

The Australian side had thrashed out terms with the ex-Chelsea striker but a delay in the deal has left Corinthians favourites to secure his signature

MONTREAL — Didier Drogba demanded to be taken off the Montreal Impact's 18-man roster for Sunday's derby game with Toronto FC after learning he wouldn't start the match, a source close to the situation told Goal.

The club initially explained Drogba’s exclusion as as result of back problems, but according to the source Drogba had a falling out with coach Mauro Biello after learning the coach planned to start forward Matteo Mancosu instead of the Ivory Coast international.

Biello confirmed to reporters after the match — a 2-2 draw — that Drogba had asked to be left off the squad after learning that he would not be in the starting lineup.

Rumours earlier in the week linked the 38-year-old Drogba with a move to Serie A. The Impact (11-10-12) clinched a playoff spot in the draw on Sunday, while TFC had already qualified for the postseason. Nacho Piatti scored both of the Impact's goals.