Manager believes veteran striker can prove to be an asset at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that Didier Drogba will prove to be a great asset for the side this season and has also claimed that the striker has fit back into the side as though he’d never been away, Sky Sports reports.
Drogba, who left the club back in 2012 after helping the side to win the Champions League, has returned to the club on a one-year deal following the expiration of his contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The 36-year-old notched up 157 goals in 341 appearances during his first spell in West London and holds a legendary status amongst the club’s fans having netted the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final.
The Ivorian linked up with the side ahead of Chelsea’s 2-1 friendly victory over Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, and Mourinho enthused that is was like he’d never been away.
“First of all when he came, it looks like he never left the club. It was so normal, nothing new at all because he knows everybody and everybody knows him,” he told the media after the game.
“He was ever present even when he wasn’t here. Chelsea belonged to him, even in the last two years when he was away playing in a Galatasaray and Shanghai shirt.
“So it looks like he just went for a short holiday and came back, so everything is normal. But yes, I think we need him. We need him as a player for our squad to be the way I like.
“I like my squad with different qualities, not just as football players but also in terms of personalities. I like to have players with different personalities.
“So as a player and person, Didier is somebody we need to be strong.”