The Blues legend deservedly has a place in the club's history books but the past is exactly where he should be left.
In his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba was revered. No man handled the big occasions better, no man could take a game by the scruff of the neck and grind out a victory quite like him.
But recent reports are suggesting that Chelsea will risk the Ivorian's legacy in west London by bringing him back ahead of the coming campaign.
According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho is considering bringing the 36-year-old back in a player-coach capacity.
The idea, though, falls at the first hurdle - for several reasons.
In winning Chelsea their first ever Champions League title, Drogba said the perfect goodbye to the club; no moment could top the Ivorian's winning penalty against Bayern Munich. Even if the Blues reached the European final again this season, what chance would Drogba have of starting it?
With Diego Costa, who cost a sizeable transfer fee, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho already has four options up front. Why would he add to those with a striker older than the one he released in summer - Samuel Eto'o?
Drogba might sell a few shirts if he returned to Stamford Bridge - but the likes of Torres, Costa and Fabregas will already be making the west London side millions in commercial revenue, anyway.
At the World Cup, meanwhile, the extent to which Drogba's age has caught up to him was evident for the watching world.
|Team||Pos||Goals||Assists||Apps||Total Sub On||Total Sub Off||Mins|
|Didier Drogba||Côte d'Ivoire||FW||0||0||3||2||1||136|
No goals, no assists, no completed matches. At 36, it's no wonder why.
Drogba has made his contribution to Chelsea history and it may never be beaten by another striker. Bringing him back, though, would simply taint his reputation for very little reward.
A playing return for the Ivorian, then, simply wouldn't make sense. Coaching on its own? That might work.