Monday, February 24, 2014


Favourite son: Drogba sits with the 2012 Champions League trophy after he took the decisive penalty
English Premier League leaders, Chelsea is considering bringing back former legendary striker, Didier Drogba, back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, with owner Roman Abramovich reportedly the driving force behind the move.

According to the Times and Sunday People, the thirty six year old Ivory Coast skipper who will co-incidentally play for Turkish side Galatasaray, against his former club when the duo meet in UEFA Champions league round of 16,  is wanted back in west London as a coach to help Chelsea create their own star strikers of the future rather than spend millions on proven talent. 
The move could well appeal to Drogba as his wife, Lalla and children still live near London.
Hero's return: Didier Drogba, currently with Galatasaray in Turkey, could return to Chelsea as a coach
The former goal machine was on Jose Mourinho's radar earlier this season when he was looking to add to his attacking arsenal, but Abramovich - who is friends with the powerful forward - was reluctant to bring in another veteran to a side with a number of players on the wrong side of 30.  
Back in blue: Jose Mourinho (right during his first stint at Chelsea) wanted to sign the striker again last year
 While the Russian billionaire has been anything but shy of reaching into his pockets for big name goal scorers (he's topped £150million on the likes of Fernando Torres, Adrian Mutu, Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, Nicolas Anelka and Drogba in the past decade), it would of course make better business sense for the club to nurture its own talent. 

Final flourish: The Ivory Coast striker's last touch of the ball for Chelsea was the penalty against Bayern Munich

A club legend in Drogba could be the cornerstone of such a plan. 

Should Drogba take up the opportunity, it would give him the chance to get his coaching badges and prepare for a life after playing behind the scenes of a club that holds him dear to their hearts.

Precision: Drogba sent keeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way and stroked his spot-kick to the bottom left corner
Famously, Drogba's final order of business for the Blues, final touch of the ball in fact, was to drive the penalty past Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer that clinched the 2012 UEFA Champions League title.

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