Jose Mourinho has welcomed the thought of seeing Didier Drogba back at Stamford Bridge this season, but it's not in the capacity most Chelsea fans will be hoping for.
Instead, the Blues' manager has stated he'd love to see his former star back at his old stomping ground in the next round of the Champions League.
Both Galatasaray and Chelsea made their way into the competition's round of 16 on Wednesday, Chelsea moving through at the top of their group while Galatasaray claimed a surprise 1-0 win over Juventus.
Following Chelsea's 1-0 triumph over Steaua Bucharest, the Daily Mail's Laura Williamson reports Mourinho saying Drogba deserves more of a hero's welcome than he received at Stamford Bridge:
Yes, Galatasaray is difficult. The Turkish champions with King Didier. Very difficult. But I’d like Didier to be back here and feel what I felt. He deserves to come here and get the reception double or three times better and bigger than I had.
We had one target, which was not to win the Europa League again and that target is done. Now we have to do the best we can in the Champions League. I think there are teams in better conditions than Chelsea to win the competition, or at least to be considered favourites.
It wouldn't be the first time Mourinho has faced the Ivorian international since their time together in West London. Mourinho's Real Madrid side and Gala met at the quarterfinal stage of last season's Champions League.
On that occasion, Drogba was able to get his name on the scoresheet in the second leg of their clash, even though it was largely futile as the Super Lig champions bowed out of Europe.
Who would advance were Chelsea and Galatasaray to meet in the next round?
Arguably Mourinho's finest signing from his first tenure as Chelsea chief, Drogba built the foundations of his career at Chelsea, scoring 157 goals in 341 games according to the club's official website.
Given the Blues' struggles in front of goal this season, they could still benefit from the talents of the 35-year-old, who has not been replaced at Stamford Bridge despite the efforts of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o.
A slightly murkier aspect of Wednesday's action saw a fan allegedly succeed in "zapping" Mourinho with a laser pen, the Portuguese claiming the offence came from the direction of the away section. A man has since been arrested by the Metropolitan Police, per the Mirror's Sam Adams, Mourinho adding:
I was aware of it, but I cannot be worried about that when the game is going on. I don't know if it creates any kind of problem, and during the game I felt it a couple of times, but not big. I felt the green laser, but I felt no pain, so I kept going.
In any case, the lights didn't lead the way to any points for visiting Steaua, although the hosts were far from their best. Ba hit the only goal of the game in what was an underwhelming response to their 3-2 defeat at Stoke.