Didier Drogba keen on becoming future Chelsea manager

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Didier Drogba is set to return to Chelsea as a member of staff once he hangs up his boots.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has admitted to BBC Africa that he would like to return to the club as manager one day.

The Ivorian has gone down in history as the man whose penalty kick secured Chelsea’s first ever Champions League triumph, not to mention playing an instrumental role in four Premier League triumphs.

Drogba joined the Blues in 2004 from Marseille, going on to score 157 goals in 341 appearances over eight seasons.

The veteran striker joined Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua following the Champions League win over Bayern Munich before linking up with Turkish giants Galatasaray in 2013.

However, the 37-year-old returned to west London on a free transfer in 2014, helping his old side cruise to another English title before joining MLS side Montreal Impact.

Drogba is yet to announce his retirement plans, but speaking to BBC Africa, the Stamford Bridge favourite revealed he has already agreed to return to the club as a member of staff, adding that he would very much like to be manager one day.

Drogba said: “I want to give back to the club which has given so much to me. I have agreed that with the club directors.

“Why not manager? Why not sporting director, trainer at the academy or maybe an advising role for strikers?”

However, Drogba is adamant that Mourinho remains the right man to drag Chelsea out of their current bad form, adding: “If the club has kept him that means owner Roman Abramovich thinks that he is the right man.

“I think the players trust him and he is giving his best to change the situation.

“They have the quality when it comes to the players, and quality when it comes to the management. This is a club which usually doesn’t have a bad season twice.”

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