Drogba could return to Chelsea says Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has not ruled out club legend Didier Drogba returning to the club one day.

The Ivorian is currently plying his trade in Turkey with Galatasaray after his spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua did not work out as planned.  The Portuguese manager told Portuguese newspaper A Bola:   “Drogba is worshipped at this club and this is perfectly normal.  I think one day he’ll return to Chelsea.

“He is a very important player in Chelsea’s history and will always be in the memory of the fans, the management, the owner and his team-mates.

“It is normal that he will have a future at Chelsea. As a coach? I do not know.”

Drogba began his career at Le Mans in 1997.  He joined that year as a youth player and made the jump to the senior side in 1998.  The front man remained at the French club until  2002.  In that time he scored 12 goals in 94 appearances.

In 2002 he was sold to fellow French side Guingamp.  The move went through for a fee of £80,000.  He made 11 appearances in the second part of the season and scored 3 times.  His goals aided the club avoid relegation and the following season his star rose as he scored an impressive 17 times in 34 appearances.  His contribution aided the club reach a record breaking final league position of 7th place.

His successful season at Guingamp saw him move to Marseille for a £3.3million fee.  In 35 games for the club he was again prolific, scoring 19 times.  He also won the National Union of Professional Footballers {UNFP} Player of The Year Award that season.

In the summer of 2004 he made the switch to Premier League side Chelsea.  In his first season there he contributed to Chelsea’s winning their first league title in 50 years.  Drogba enjoyed a hugely successful time at the club scoring a century of goals in 226 appearances for the London side.

His final Chelsea appearance was in the 2012 Champions League Final, dramatically scoring a late equaliser and then the winning penalty in the decisive shoot-out against Bayern Munich.

Since 2002 he has also been a pivotal player for the Ivory Coast national team, scoring an incredible 60 goals in 95 appearances to date.

One man who would be glad to see Drogba return to the club one day is Frank Lampard.  He said about the player in the aftermath of the Champions League win:  “I didn’t see Didier get too many mentions when they were voting for the Premier League team of the past 20 years.

“Maybe that’s because people like to make a fuss about the other side of his game. But having played with him for the last eight years I tell you without a doubt that he’s the best striker I’ve ever played with.

“His all-round game is absolutely immense and what happened in Munich on Saturday night just confirmed what I have always believed about him.

“He should be right up there with Henry, Rooney and Bergkamp among the all-time greats.

“Didier is going to leave a massive hole at our club but I love him as a bloke and I can’t be disappointed he’s leaving because he deserves everything he gets.

“He deserves to go out on a massive finish like this and I just wish him all the best. It’s been an absolute pleasure to play with him and I’m sure he’ll make the right decision about his next move.

“Everything he said in his farewell Press conference on Tuesday showed him to be an absolute gentleman and a great bloke.”

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.