Blues midfielder believes that witnessing Galatasaray drawn against Chelsea will be a cause for celebration for club legend.
When the first knockout round of the Champions League competition is underway, a Chelsea all-time great currently plying his trade for his new club, Galatasaray, will have his old Blues friends over to his new house, the Turk Telekom Arena, as Didier Drogba will play against his former employers.
A fortnight later, the reverse fixture will see the 35-year-old, who has returned 16 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions in Turkey, return to Stamford Bridge.
The Ivory Coast international was delighted with the fixture, claiming it will be one of those rare two-legged ties where he will play two home games, rather than playing in an alien, even hostile, stadium.
His former team-mate John Obi Mikel even commented: 'I'm sure he will text [me] very soon, he's probably having a drink after seeing the draw… it will be great to have him back!'
He continued, as quoted by the club's official website, that celebrating Drogba should not detract away from Chelsea's priority - to progress into the next round of the competition: 'We shouldn't get carried away about him coming back; he is a player that was here for eight years, he won major trophies, he's a big player with a big personality.
'Obviously he had to move on but Chelsea continue, we have to win games, he's coming here with his new club, Galatasaray, who we want to beat, so we shouldn't get carried away about him coming back, we want to win the game.'
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