PHOTO: Didier Drogba back in training with Chelsea

The returning hero was pictured training with his team-mates after returning to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Didier Drogba was pictured back in training with Chelsea today after completing a deal to return to the club last week.

The striker, who has already established hero status at Stamford Bridge, was snapped practising his shooting as he settled back into life at Chelsea.

It shouldn’t take him too long to get back into the swing of things, either, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho saying that it was like Drogba had never been away when the returned.

"First of all when he came, it looks like he never left the club,” the Portuguese boss said. “It was so normal, nothing new at all, because he knows everybody and everybody knows him.

"He was ever present even when he wasn't here. Chelsea belonged to him.”

The Ivorian striker seemed to end his Chelsea career by scoring the winning penalty in their Champions League success in 2012, but he completed a shock move back to Stamford Bridge this summer after only two seasons away.

That time was spent firstly with Shanghai Shenhua and then with Galatasaray and his impressive form at both clubs was enough to convince Mourinho that a reunion was worthwhile.

He is unlikely to be such a pivotal figure on the pitch at Stamford Bridge this time around, but his presence around the squad cannot be underestimated.

The signing has lifted the fans, but it also adds an experienced character to a squad which will be determined to win the Premier League title this season.

Drogba is likely to have to play second fiddle to Diego Costa this season, whilst Romelu Lukaku – the player who has often been touted as the 36-year-old’s direct replacement – will also be hoping to play a big part if he is still at the club.

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