The Stamford Bridge reunion that many a Chelsea fan has been hoping for might be about to happen this summer, after Didier Drogba admitted he would consider a return to West London.
However, the former Blues favourite, now at Galatasaray, outlined that he'd only make the switch back to the Premier League giants if former boss Jose Mourinho came calling, per ESPN:
I had a great time at Chelsea. I was there eight years and if Jose Mourinho said 'I want you to come back' I'd think about it. But there has been no approach from the club, so there is no need to speak about it. It is just rumours.
I don't know. If it could happen, it would only be with one team. I could not play for anyone else in England. The intensity of the Premier League has improved since I was there so the only way to answer whether I could still do it would be to put me in and give me a few months.
Drogba was speaking ahead of Wednesday evening's meeting between his current and former clubs in the Champions League round of 16, going on to predict his feelings should he score against his beloved Chelsea:
I'm not over Chelsea yet and I don't want to be. People know how much I love the club and the fans. I can't forget what I've done there and all the memories. Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart and in my life.
I will be happy to score but you have to show respect.
This season once again sees Chelsea challenging for silverware across numerous competitions, but their lack of a clear-cut, reliable striker has them at a disadvantage compared to some of their Premier League rivals.
As The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson points out, one thing Drogba always had in his locker was the ability to deliver in clutch fixtures:
Striking thing about Drogba is big game delivery. Scored in 8/9 Cup finals for #cfc. 4 X FA Cup, 3 x Lge Cup, 1 x Ch Lge— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) February 24, 2014
It's something Mourinho is all too aware of. Dominic Fifield of The Guardian this week reported that the tactician was left angered after Canal Plus leaked comments that he thought were private, made in relation to his need for an out-and-out hitman:
The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one [Eto'o] but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows? I don't have Falcao but Falcao doesn't have a team. Who wants to play in front of 3,000 supporters? If I was one day to go to Monaco it would be at the end [of my career].
Those at Stamford Bridge will undoubtedly be pleased to hear that Drogba is open to the idea of a return to his former stomping ground, especially given that his contract with the Turkish Super League titans comes to an end in the summer.
However, there is the option for a one-year extension in Drogba's deal, and the fact that he turns 36 in a fortnight isn't the most enamouring of factors in regard to his re-signing. After all, Mourinho will be as adamant as any to look forward and finding a new solution, rather than relying on old weapons to come salvage his mission.
With the Ivorian's latest comments, it would seem the ball is in Mourinho's court, whatever the case may be. The only question that need be answered now is whether the Portuguese feels Drogba can still do a job at Stamford Bridge.