Stamford Bridge boss confirms that Didier Drogba is set to return.
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One of the summer’s worst kept transfer secrets has finally been let out of the bag – by none other than Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has confirmed that he wants to re-sign legendary centre forward Didier Drogba.
The Ivory Coast international left Galatasaray at the end of last season and is available on a free transfer, making him an attractive option for Mourinho who is looking to secure competition for new first choice forward Diego Costa.
Mourinho suggested that his desire to bring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge is not borne out of the clear emotional attachment that exists between player and club:
“He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.”
“If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no.”
“If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the eleven. It is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility.”
The Portuguese is clearly referring to Drogba’s winning penalty in the club’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich two years, but he does also seem to give the game away about the player’s impending return:
“Is he coming back as a player one more year or a couple more years? Let’s see.”
Drogba was originally signed for the club by Mourinho from French side Olympique Marseille and went on to become on of the Premier League’s finest centre forwards through his powerful style of leading the lines and prolific goalscoring record.