Mourinho wants Drogba back at Stamford Bridge (just not in blue shirt)

Chelsea legend could make sensational return due to Champions League knockout possibilities…

Didier Drogba amassed a hall-of-fame worthy record at Stamford Bridge: he is the club's fourth top record goal-scorer thanks to 157 strikes in an eight-year period, he was a three-time Premier League winner, four-time FA Cup titlist and he claimed the Champions League in his final season.

Even his individual record against Arsenal alone cemented his notoriety with the Gunners and his fame with Blues fans as he scored an astonishing 13 times against Chelsea's rivals in North London.

Since the Ivorian exited the club he spent a half-season at Shanghai Shenhua, before joining Galatasaray and, while the club have not truly found a reliable goal-scoring replacement, there is a one in five chance that Drogba could return to the club that confirmed his status as an elite athlete and, for his former mentor Jose Mourinho, it is something he deserves.

Drogba, though, would not be re-joining Chelsea but lining up against them due to the way the Champions League draw could be made when the knockout stage pairings are announced.

Mourinho is quoted by Sky Sports to have said: 'He deserves a reception here, even better, he deserves it even more than me. He deserves to get what I got against Hull City [Mourinho's first game in his second spell as Blues boss]. He deserves double to three times that.

'I know what I felt and I think he deserves that. So yes - Galatasaray is difficult, very difficult but I would like Didier to be back here and to feel what I felt.'

The draw for the knockout phase will be made on Monday, in Nyon. Chelsea could face Gala, or Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, Zenit St Petersburg and AC Milan.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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