Today I noticed an article on the BBC website claiming ‘Drogba was contemplating a return’ to a side where he enjoyed the most successful and prolific part of his career. It would certainly be a surprise if he does choose to sign for the Blues, as he wasn’t considered good enough to warrant a new contract 2 years ago when he was 34 – at 36 his game has naturally not progressed and he has inevitably lost a lot of what he would have when he left in the first place, so why would they choose to sign him back? Maybe the price is right and Mourinho would see him as an excellent back-up for Chelsea on a relatively low wage – or as someone you could bring on from the bench in one of the ‘big games’ and have complete trust in to help his side see the job through. Nonetheless, it is a strange one.
Drogba originally signed for Chelsea in 2004 for the large sum of £24 million – and he would definitely end up proving that the amount they spent on the Ivorian was money well spent. He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League during his previous spell with the club, and is widely considered as one of the main Chelsea legends that the fans will never forget – for all the right reasons. After all his last touch of the ball in a competitive match for them was him placing the penalty into the net to secure the clubs first ever Champions league triumph.
Didier did get the chance to visit ‘home’ earlier on this year when his parent club Galatasaray faced Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions league. In the run up to that match Mourinho stated in an interview that he thought Drogba was ‘still one of the best strikers in the world’.
It seems Didier still has regular thoughts of his time at Chelsea as he was recorded back in February saying:
When you’re happy at a club, you want to stay forever.
But sometimes you can’t do everything you want to do. I am proud of what I achieved.
You don’t stay eight years in a place you don’t like, especially in football.
It will be interesting to see which way this one progresses but for what my thoughts are worth – any neutral would love to see the iconic Didier Drogba back in the Premier League this season, and I am certainly no different!