Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues Must Push Hard to Bring Back Didier Drogba

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2013

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 12:  Didier Drogba of Galatasaray celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray AS at Veltins-Arena on March 12, 2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Chelsea is looking to return to the top of the English Premier League this coming season, and therefore it's no surprise that the club is reportedly taking aim at former Blues superstar Didier Drogba this summer.

According to The Mirror's Matt Law, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would love to have Drogba back at Stamford Bridge as both a player and a coach. Law adds that the club is planning to offer the veteran striker the opportunity this summer:

Chelsea will offer Didier Drogba a chance to take his first steps into coaching.

As revealed by Sunday Mirror Sport last week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge.

He has one year left on his Galatasaray deal, but Mourinho wants him at Chelsea this summer, or in 12 months, if the Turkish club don’t agree to that.

While it remains to be seen how interested Drogba is in returning to England in the twilight of his playing career, it goes without saying that Stamford Bridge is close to his heart considering he played eight seasons there in his prime, scoring 157 total goals, 65 percent of his career total in club football.

Although Drogba isn't the same player he was from 2004 to 2012, when he was lighting up Stamford Bridge—from a physical standpoint—the 35-year-old Ivorian is still a lethal finisher and has been solid for Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray since his departure.

Law adds that "there is a belief" among those at Chelsea that he can play at a high level for at least another three years.

Plus, in addition to his physical talent, Drogba has an incredible amount of knowledge to offer Chelsea's young players, something Mourinho is clearly aware of. After all, Drogba has excelled as an elite forward all across Europe, and there's no doubt his tricks of the trade would come in handy for many of the Blues' veteran goalscorers as well as the squad's up-and-comers.

There's also an obvious trust between both Mourinho and Drogba that can't be ignored. The two men came to Chelsea together in the summer of 2004 (with Mourinho signing Drogba from Marseille shortly after being hired) and worked together for three-plus seasons, even winning back-to-back Premier League championships in their first two seasons.

There's a strong chemistry between the two, which would make for a smooth transition for Drogba from the pitch to the sideline when the time comes. That said, there's no better place for Drogba to begin the next chapter of his football career than Chelsea.

That's why if Drogba is willing to return to Stamford Bridge this summer or at any point in the near future, Chelsea must find a way to bring him on board.


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