Mourinho expects Drogba to make Chelsea return

Jose Mourinho is confident Didier Drogba will return to Chelsea in the future, ESPN has reported, although the manager could not say in what capacity the Ivory Coast striker would do so.

Mourinho brought Drogba to Stamford Bridge in 2004, beginning a highly-successful association between club and player that spanned eight years and saw Drogba and his teammates accrue three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields and, in 2012, the Champions League.

Drogba’s last act as a Chelsea player was to score the penalty that clinched victory in the Champions League, having also scored the goal that took the game against Bayern Munich – in Bayern’s Allianz Arena – to extra time. Drogba moved to China’s Shanghai Shenhua after the final when his Chelsea contract expired, having scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues.

And Mourinho, who himself returned to west London this summer, told a Portuguese newspaper that he can see Drogba – now at Turkish giants Galatasaray – working at Chelsea again one day. “Drogba is worshipped at this club and this is perfectly normal,” Mourinho said.

I think one day he’ll return to Chelsea,” he continued. “He is a very important player in Chelsea’s history and will always be in the memory of the fans, the management, the owner and his team-mates. It is normal that he will have a future at Chelsea. As a coach? I do not know.

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