Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes club legend Didier Drogba, who returned 157 goals and 71 assists during a successful eight-year spell with the Blues, could soon return to Stamford Bridge as he 'has a future' at the club.
Currently at Galatasaray, the 35-year-old Ivory Coast international has one year left on his deal with the Turkish Super Lig side whom he helped during the second half of last season by scoring five times and setting up six goals in just 10 appearances.
Speaking to A Bolo, Mourinho explained: 'Drogba is worshipped in this club and this is perfectly normal. I think one day he'll return to Chelsea.'
Drogba was a key figure in one of Chelsea's most successful periods. Forging a powerful spine along with Petr Cech, John Terry and Frank Lampard, Drogba was a talismanic, well-balanced and fearsome forward and became a three-time Premier League winner, four-time FA Cup winner, two-time League Cup winner as well as claiming a Champions League title in 2012.
Drogba quickly established himself as one of the club's most reliable players during big games. In 2007, he was twice a final hero as he scored a brace against the Gunners in the League Cup prior to finding the net in extra time versus Manchester United in the FA Cup.
The following season, his goals dumped Liverpool out of the Champions League in the semifinal and, in 2009, he again scored in a final, this time against Everton in the FA Cup. His best, though, was also found in his last Chelsea appearance as he scored a bullet header in the Champions League final, against Bayern Munich.
Continued Mourinho: 'He is a very important player in Chelsea's history and will always be in the memory of the fans, the management, the owner and his team-mates.
'Didier will have a future at Chelsea. As a coach? I do not know.'
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