Isaac Drogba, the son of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, has gone AWOL with his Portuguese club Academica claiming they do not know his whereabouts.
The 21-year-old hit the headlines a year ago when he scored his first goal while playing for Serie D side Folgore Caratese in Italy. He joined up with the B team of Academica, a second-tier club in Portugal from the famed student city of Coimbra in September after leaving the Italian side Catarese.
However, Isaac allegedly took time off from football in order to head to France to undergo some school exams.
A report from Portuguese outlet ZeroZero claims that while the forward has a contract in place with the club, neither his coaches nor his teammates know of his whereabouts. They claim that no contact has been made by Isaac in over two months.
The side’s U23 team coach Miguel Carvalho said: “He is a fun, fast, technically good striker, he needed time to grow.”
“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 added: “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.”
Isaac Drogba began his career at Chelsea, the club his father helped to several Premier League titles and the Champions League.
He left them for French side Guingamp in 2018 before heading to Italy just over a year ago.