Chelsea legend reportedly offered shock return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea hero Didier Drogba has reportedly been offered the chance to return to the club before becoming a coach under Jose Mourinho.

Drogba, 36, is still regarded as a legend at Stamford Bridge after a stunningly successful spell with the club. A £24m capture from Marseille back in 2004, the Ivorian wrote his name in Chelsea folklore, hitting 157 goals in 341 games for the Blues, before his emotional exit in 2012 was capped off with the winning penalty in the Champions League final shootout with Bayern Munich.

Since then, the striker has featured for Shanghai Shenhua in China before moving back to Europe with Turkish giants Galatasaray, where Drogba has scored 20 goals in 50 games as well as made a return to Chelsea in the Champions League, where he was celebrated appropriately by Blues fans.

Yet the Chelsea fans could be set to see their hero once again, but this time in a permanent capacity. Today's speculation suggests that Drogba could be offered the chance to return to the club as a player before being given a three year contract to join Mourinho's coaching staff.

There are other offers on the table for Drogba, but a return to Chelsea under Mourinho would almost certainly be at the top of the list for the Ivorian, where he is revered for eight superb seasons at the club.

Drogba will play in his final World Cup this summer as Ivory Coast will take on Colombia, Greece and Japan in Group C, but after the tournament finishes there will be plenty of question marks over Drogba's future - but a return to Chelsea where he can not only play for a year before tying his future to the club may be too tempting to pass up.

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