Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to re-sign Galatasary's Didier Drogba after the two players faced each other in last night's Champions League second-leg tie that saw Jose Mourinho's men win 3-1 on aggregate.
And after the final-whistle he said he would love to reunite with the Ivorian.
“Of course I’d like to see Didier back as a coach or as a player,” said the Chelsea and England midfielder.
“The manager said before the game that you can’t see him not being part of the club in some shape or form.
“It’s up to him and the club, but he’s always going to be regarded as a legend and held in the top bracket in this club. I’m sure if he can give something back, I’m sure Didier would love to.”
Drogba was reduced to a peripheral figure on his Stamford Bridge return, unable to take have an affect on the game a he failed to register a single shot on goal.
Lampard was sympathetic towards his former team-mate.
“It was probably a difficult game for him,” he said. “We controlled the game and he didn’t get much service tonight.
“I think it was hard for him, but he’s still a massive threat with his power.
“Obviously we wanted to win the game, but we had a lot of respect for him coming back here and I was pleased with the reception he got.”
While Lampard may want Drogba back a return may not necessarily be a good idea.
At 36 Drogba's pace would be a liability despite his vast experience, especially in the big games. It should also be remembered that he didn't have the best of reputations in England with his diving ways. There is the potential for this to bring the club into disrepute.
More than that however is the fact that Drogba would prevent any young players at the club from making the break through into the first team. Daniel Sturridge eventually left Chelsea for that very reason and what they would do for him now.
Drogba has had his time at Chelsea and while the sentiment of Lampard is a nice one it is should be taken as purely wistful.
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