The Daily Mail has reported that negotiations are under way between Chelsea and club icon Didier Drogba over a return to Stamford Bridge for the Ivory Coast forward.
Jose Mourinho shares a very good relationship with his former player and seems keen to get Drogba back to Stamford Bridge for two main reasons according to the national newspaper.
“Jose Mourinho wants to sign the 36-year-old as a second striker and will give him coaching responsibilities to develop his role at the club,” writes Simon Jones.
“Mourinho wants an extra striker with the departure of Samuel Eto'o while Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku are expected to leave even if only on temporary deals.”
The signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid suggests that Mourinho is not entertaining the idea of playing with more than one striker up front next season.
A one man attack, supported by plenty of creative and attacking midfielders, is a system which has worked well for the Blues boss in the past and a system that Drogba knows inside out.
Drogba is perfectly suited to the system that Mourinho likes playing so it makes perfect sense as to why he’d want Drogba as a back up striker option, but what the striker has to accept is that he’s unlikely to feature in the same number of games than if he went elsewhere.
The coaching aspect of his return is an interesting one and he could certainly offer a great deal to younger and older players already at the club.
Drogba is a Chelsea icon and knows exactly what it means to play for the club and he can prepare younger players for the way Mourinho likes his first team graduates to play.
He could also play a big role in helping Costa settle at the club because they are similar players in terms of the presence they carry and the way they like to bully a defence.
Drogba wouldn’t be tasked with coaching Costa but his experience and words of advice certainly won’t do the Spanish international any harm.
All in all, a Drogba return makes sense in so many ways. It’s now over to the club and Drogba to make it happen.