Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and captain John Terry would both welcome the return of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

The 49-year-old is the favourite to succeed Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese boss was sacked last weekend.

And Drogba and Terry, two of the old guard whose player-power was blamed for Villas-Boas' eventual exit, would enjoy Mourinho's return.

"There is a lot of speculation - him (Mourinho), (Rafael) Benitez, all these managers," Drogba said.

"It would be nice (to have Mourinho back), it would be fun for the story. Let's see what happens."

Skipper Terry added: "It's all speculation at the moment, obviously he (Mourinho) was a fantastic manager and a very good man-manager as well.

"But Robbie (Di Matteo) has come in and brought Eddie Newton in as well and they're doing a great job, and the target really is to focus on the next two months and to get the club in the position we all want to be in which is (qualifying for the) Champions League next year.

"In all clubs, when players don't play, there's always misunderstandings and people upset about not being played.

"I think because it's Chelsea, people have got this thing about the senior players, (that they) have got a massive influence and I can assure you that's not the case and it hasn't been since I've been at the football club.

"All the players care about Chelsea Football Club, the owner certainly does. Andre was very good - unfortunately we didn't get the results."

The other leading contender is former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, a trophy Chelsea have so far been devoid of under the reign of owner Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho, the hot favourite, is on the brink of securing the La Liga title this season, with his club Real Madrid ten points ahead of Barcelona in the title race.

However, his desire to become just the second manager to win the Champions League on three separate occasions - something that is likely to be his remit when taking over at Chelsea - is great, and overhauling Barcelona not only domestically but in Europe may be too great a temptation to walk away from.

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