Didier Drogba has agreed to re-join Chelsea on a one year deal, just two years after leaving the Premier League club.
For the past two seasons, Chelsea fans believed that the winning penalty kick scored by Drogba in the 2012 Champions League final would be his final game in a Chelsea shirt.
However, the Blues legend will return to the club this summer, after admitting that he couldn’t resist playing under Jose Mourinho once again.
Speaking moments after signing the deal, the Blues legend said, “It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again.
“Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.”
Drogba left Chelsea in 2012, due to the club’s strict ‘no-more-than-a-one-year-deal-for-over-30s’ policy – first signing for Chinese Super League side, Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal thought to be worth in the region of £200,000 per week.
However, the Ivory Coast international left after just six months, moving to Turkish giants, Galatasaray on a year-and-a-half deal. A host of clubs have been linked with Drogba this summer, including Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, Manchester City.
However, it is Chelsea that have landed their former star.
Mourinho has claimed that his decision to reunite Drogba with the club is not a sentimental one, but because he is still capable of performing at the highest level.
“He is coming because he’s one of the best strikers is Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously.”
The return of Drogba has cast doubt over the future of Romelu Lukaku, who plays a very similar style of footballl to the Ivorian.
However, it is hard to see Mourinho allowing the 20-year-old Belgian international to leave in order to incorporate a 36-year-old who surely doesn’t have more than a season or two left in the game.
While Diego Costa will, without a doubt, be Mourinho’s starting striker next season, the second spot should surely go to Romelu Lukaku, with Didier Drogba taking up the Demba Ba impact substitute role next term.
Where that leaves Fernando Torres, I don’t know.