Chelsea boss lauds Didier Drogba as club’s best ever value signing

Didier Drogba was honoured by the Football Writers’ Association on Sunday for his outstanding contributions.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho led the tributes towards Didier Drogba as he was honoured by the FWA for his contribution to football, reported by the organisation's website

The retired Ivorian international first joined the Blues in 2004 for a hefty sum, a deal which initially raised questions given his lack of reputation on the continent.

It didn’t take long for observers to realise why the Stamford Bridge outfit paid heavily for his signature as Drogba led the club through one of their most successful spells in history.

The 36-year-old, now in his second spell at the club, has scored 163 times in a Blues shirt in all competitions and has helped the West Londoners win multiple trophies.

The Blues paid Marseille £24 million for his services back in 2004, yet Mourinho feels Drogba is the club’s best ever value signing after explaining to the public how the transfer came about.

"I came to Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and in my first written report to Mr Abramovich in relation to my plans for the club, I gave the names of some players,” the Portuguese coach explained.

"Big names were arriving at Chelsea in that period. The previous summer, for example, Claude Makelele came from Real Madrid and Hernan Crespo came from Inter, among others, but Didier was unknown and the price was very, very high.

"Yet I knew as clearly as I have ever done that he was the player I wanted.

"I was very strong to persuade my club to pay such an amount for him and I think we can already say he was the best-value signing for Chelsea in relation to what he has done for the club over so many years, and he is not finished yet.

"Throughout my career, I have always refused to say which is my favourite player or the best person, because so many have given soul and blood to play and to fight with me, but if I have to choose one who represents all the good things you want in a player and a man, I think in this moment I would choose Didier."

This season, Drogba has made 16 Premier League appearances – 14 coming off the bench – contributing with three goals and one assist.

In November 2012 the experienced striker was named the Blues’ greatest ever player in a poll of 20,000 fans conducted by Chelsea Magazine.

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