Mourinho: It's up to Drogba when he wants to retire

Didier Drogba

Mourinho was asked about the 36-year-old striker at his press conference ahead of the trip to Newcastle, and would like to keep hold of the forward next season.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said it is up to Didier Drogba when he wants to retire from professional football, after the 36-year-old impressed once again for the side in the 3-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Mourinho would like to keep hold of the forward for next season after he filled in for Diego Costa in the win over their London rivals.

He told reporters: "He is still a very good player and if he wants my advice he should stop when he wants, not when I or the club decides.

"He should stop when he wants, after that I know Mr Abramovich is very happy to keep him in the club.

"But that's after he decides to stop his career, that's not tomorrow though."

If Drogba does decide to call it a day, Mourinho was coy on the idea of potentially hiring the Chelsea legend as a coach, adding: 

"I don't know his qualities as a coach because I've never seen him coach."

Mourinho confirmed that Diego Costa will start tomorrow's game against Newcastle United after serving his suspension against Spurs for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

He also stated there are no fresh injury concerns following on from the Spurs win, and that he trusts his squad to deliver when key players are absent, as Nemanja Matic misses the trip to Newcastle because he picked up his fifth booking of the campaign against Spurs - and he reiterated his desire to win a third Premier League title at Stamford Bridge.

"The record I want is to win the Premier League three times in this club."

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