The proof that Chelsea won't be re-signing Drogba this summer?

There have been rumours that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will look to bring Didier Drogba back to the club this summer - but it now looks unlikely.

Drogba, now 36, first arrived in West London in 2004 after impressing with Marseille in France, where he scored 32 goals in just 55 games. A stunning eight season career at Stamford Bridge followed, where the Ivorian international established himself as a hero amongst Blues supporters, hitting 157 goals in 341 games in the process.

Drogba signed off in ideal style back in 2012, scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final before more on to China with Shanghai Shenhua - who he featured just 11 times for. A move to Galatasaray came shortly after, and Drogba has continued his goalscoring prowess with 20 goals in 53 games.

Yet with his contract expiring this summer, speculation has been rife that Mourinho will look to bring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge as a player for one season before handing him a role on the coaching staff upon his retirement - which appears to be looming.

But whilst Chelsea need to add a striker this summer after the departure of Samuel Eto'o and the poor displays of Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, it certainly appears that Drogba won't be the man to come in play a role next season after the departures of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.

Cole, 33 and Lampard, 35 will both leave the Blues this summer despite becoming club legends during their time at the club, proving that there is little sentiment in football. There are also questions over John Terry's future at Chelsea, and it appears that Mourinho is looking to move on from the old guard.

Therefore, bringing Drogba back to Stamford Bridge would seemingly go against what the club are trying to do this summer, with Mourinho looking to target younger players to form the next great Chelsea side.

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