With former Chelsea FC striker Didier Drogba’s impending return to Stamford Bridge in a few weeks time and a matchup in Istanbul this week, speculation and rumors have bandied about that the Ivorian could move back to the London club in the summer. The reports initially claimed that Drogba would return to solve Chelsea’s striker woes and help bang in goals for the side he achieved so much with. These rumors did not hold much weight considering the fact that Chelsea still have Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres on contract with youngster Romelu Lukaku coming back from his loan to Everton. As it turns out, if Drogba does indeed return to Chelsea, it would be as a striker coach, not a player.
According to the Daily Mail:
Drogba, who turns 36 in March, is wanted back in west London as a coach, reports The Times and Sunday People, to help Chelsea create their own star strikers of the future rather than spend millions on proven talent. The move could well appeal to the striker, whose Galatasaray host Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders on Wednesday in the Champions League round of 16, as his wife Lalla and children still live near London.
So with that slight change in wording of “Drogba as striker coach” and not just “Drogba as striker” things become a lot more interesting and a lot more likely. Drogba is 36 and even though he is having a fine season with Galatasaray he must be asking himself what is next after football. While it would be nice to have a former Chelsea man as a pundit in a world of former Red Devils and Liverpool Reds, Drogba has never shown much interest in that line of work. However the idea of him coming back to Chelsea to teach Romelu Lukaku his ways would be tantalizing for any Chelsea supporter. Maybe Chelsea can sign him up this week to spare us the agony of watching him play against the boys in Blue.
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