Chelsea favorite Didier Drogba may be returning ‘home’ to Stamford Bridge according to a report published on BBC Sport. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast forward spent eight fruitful years at Stamford Bridge before departing in the summer of 2012 to play in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua. He eventually moved to Turkish giants Galatasaray, where he played against his former teammates in the UEFA Champions League.
It’s no secret that Drogba has always maintained a close relationship with his former boss Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Now, if the latest reports are to be believed, the Ivorian striker may be on his way back. Reports suggest it will be on a one-year contract and could possibly include a player-coach position similar to Ryan Giggs’ last season at Manchester United.
Drogba has reportedly been thinking about ending his career at the Bridge after the World Cup, where he made three appearances including two as a substitute. In his time with the Blues he managed to win two League Cups, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League trophy. He has been one of Chelsea’s most prolific strikers and his last contribution was a performance that won them their first and only Champions League title almost two years ago.
Mourinho still feels Drogba is “one of the best strikers in the world” when asked his opinion before a second leg match in last season’s Champions League clash between Chelsea and Galatasaray.
Since his departure, Chelsea forwards Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have not been able to step into his shoes with the same level of success. Last season Samuel Eto’o had a decent run despite having certain issues with ‘the Special Ones’ comments about his age.
As it stands right now, Drogba’s return would be mutually beneficial to both parties.