Didier Drogba hints towards Chelsea return
Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba has revealed interest in making a return to Chelsea, but only if the club’s manager, his former boss Jose Mourinho asks him to return to Stamford Bridge. The Ivory Coast international also admitted that he was considering extending his contract with Galatasaray.
The 36-year-old striker played a crucial role in taking Chelsea to their first Champions League trophy before making an exit to Shanghai Shenhua in 2012. The veteran will be up against his former team when Chelsea visits Istanbul for the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.
Drogba’s contract with Galatasaray will end this summer and according to rumors the striker could return to Chelsea. The London club has kept quiet on the issue, bur Drogba has no fear in being vocal about the topic.
“If, and I say if, by any chance it could happen, it would only be with one team,” Drogba told the Daily Mail. “My contract ends this summer and then I will decide what is the best solution for me, but I had a great time at Chelsea and if Jose was saying, “Didier, I want you to come back”, I would think about it.”
The whole situation has become very difficult to understand for football pundits since Drogba later added in an interview to The Sun that he wasn’t thinking about moving away to Chelsea since the club had not officially approached him.
“There has been no approach from the club, so there is no need to speak about it. It is just rumors,” Drogba said.
Drogba, who was signed in from Marseille in 2004 broke the Chelsea’s transfer fee record, was the apple of Mourinho’s eyes in his first spell at the London club. Since his exit from Chelsea in 2012 Drogba has received big offers from MLS clubs, but the Ivorian has decided to stay put in Turkey.
“I will study every offer in the summer, but I will look at the one from Galatasaray because they gave me a chance to play again at a high level and I'll see what is on the table,” Drogba told the BBC recently. “I want to win, not just to play, but to play to win. I know it is a bad habit.”
Drogba added that he was “happy at Galatasaray” and the support he was receiving from the club and the fans was great.