Report: Didier Drogba set for Chelsea return
The return of one of the Blues most coveted idols in recent times could be confirmed during the week as reports indicate that Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is close to reaching a one-year deal with Chelsea.
The Guardian reports that the 36-year old player is close to reaching an agreement that will reunite him with the Premier League club and manager Jose Mourinho for the first time since 2007. Currently a free agent, Drogba has spent the last few seasons with Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua and Turkish club Galatasaray.
Having last worn a Chelsea jersey in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, Drogba said farewell by scoring the winning penalty that would earn the club their first Champions League title.
The veteran striker will join a team that has been reinforced heavily, specially in the attack with the likes of Diego Costa having been signed from Atletico Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku makes his return from his loan stint at Everton; albeit his future with the club remains uncertain for the time being as yet another loan-spell could be on the cards.
Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille back in 2004. To say his career in England has been a success is an understatement; having won a total of three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Community Shields while also bagging 157 goals along the way of his eight-seasons in London.
However, despite signing a one-year deal, Drogba looks set for a long-term stay with Chelsea. Having recently participated in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 2014-2015 season is expected to be the striker's swansong before being offered a coaching role with the club that saw him become a global star.