The Ivorian looks likely to put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Turkish giants
Any flickering hopes of an emotional reunion between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and the club’s Champions League winning star Didier Drogba appear to have been all but extinguished after it was reported that the Ivorian is close to signing a contract extension with current club Galatasaray.
Rumours had long circulated suggesting that the forward would be open to a Stamford Bridge return if it provided him with the chance to rekindle his professional relationship with the Special One, a manager the forward enjoying particular success under.
Mourinho appeared to share the same mutual admiration, discussing his appreciation of the Ivorian during an interview with the Guardian on the eve of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter final meeting last season.
"But he was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever. He would say the exact same about me. We created the kind of emotional links that are more than football."
The rumours persisted into the summer, with reports linking Drogba with a shock return to Chelsea in a player/coach role that would see the Blues bolster their attack while his successor Romelu Lukaku continued to hone his craft with a loan spell at Everton.
Yet ultimately no deal surfaced and as the season has continued, the Ivorian has hit a purple patch of form for the resurgent Gala, who have been reinvigorated by the arrival of Roberto Mancini as manager.
Drogba was the star again at the weekend, scoring in a 4-2 victory over Kayserispor that left his team just six points off current leader Fenerbahce.
The performance was evidently enough to convince those higher up within the club that his powers are far from waning, with club president Unal Aysal revealing in an interview with Supersport that a new deal was being discussed.
Club president Unal Aysal believes the former Chelsea striker is willing to stay at the club.
"Drogba has talked about his future and he will prolong his career as a player," he told the news provider.
"I told him he will play at Galatasaray as long as he is doing well. We’ll definitely come to offer him a new contract and I don’t think he will reject our proposal.”
The comments come just hours after Fernando Torres’ star showing for the Blues in their 2-1 win over Manchester City, a performance some have suggested could signal a long-term return to form for the Spaniard.
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