Could Chelsea legend return to Stamford Bridge next season?

Didier Drogba

Didier Drobga is reportedly being targeted for a return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian wrote his name in west London folklore during his time at Stamford Bridge, with an illustrious list of achievements capped with the penalty that won the Blues the 2012 Champions League trophy.

But Chelsea have not seen the back of the 35-year-old just yet - if reports are to be believed.

It is claimed owner Roman Abramovich is lining up a move to bring Drogba back to west London as a coach to help develop Chelsea's new generation of talent.

The Ivorian's current deal with Galatasary expires at the end of the season, when he will be free to explore new career options. Varying reports have linked Drogba with a move to America but his goal record this term suggests he could even add value to a Premier League side.

However, the 35-year-old could enjoy a life without the pressures of playing top-level football every week, as well as the chance to earn his coaching badges, if he takes up the offer of joining Chelsea's backroom staff.

Meanwhile, Drogba's wife and children still live close to the Blues' training ground in Cobham, making the switch an even more logical choice for the former Marseille striker.

Drogba is set to return to Stamford Bridge even sooner than next season, of course, with Galatasary due to face Chelsea in the Champions League next week.

But the 35-year-old could be back for more should he choose to return to the place many people see as his home. Then, one of Chelsea's most memorable names of the past might just play a key role in shaping the club's future.

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