Sunday, 20 July 2014

Return of the King! Chelsea hero Didier Drogba set for Stamford Bridge comeback

Chelsea hero Drogba set for Blues return
Returning hero: Drogba during this year’s World Cup (Picture: AFP PHOTO)
Chelsea’s Champions League winning legend Didier Drogba is set to sign a one year deal to return to West London as a player-coach at the start of next week.
Ten years to the day since Drogba initially joined the Blues from Marseille in a £24m deal,French newspaper L’Equipe have reported that the Ivorian will make a sensational return to Stamford Bridge.
The 36-year-old is a free agent after his 18-month stint in Turkey with Galatasaray and is expected to be integrated into Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff as well as playing on for one more season.
Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have both left the club this summer, and Romelu Lukaku is constantly being linked with a departure, meaning the much-maligned Fernando Torres would be the only alternative to new boy Diego Costa should nobody else arrive.
Drogba spent eight years at Stamford Bridge, famously signing off by scoring the winning penalty and equalising goal in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
He initially moved to China’s Shanghai Shenhua but returned to Europe with Galatasaray after just six months.
Mourinho will be counting on the charismatic striker to bring some vital experience and leadership to the Chelsea dressing room, especially following the departures of veteran trio Eto’o, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

Despite his age, Drogba has scored 28 goals in 64 competitive club games since leaving the Blues and he will be eager to display that he can still make an impact on the pitch in the Premier League.

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