Reports emerged recently that Didier Drogba may be considered for a return to Chelsea, in a deal that could see him at Stamford Bridge for at least two more seasons.
Though those reports have been clarified, Jose Mourinho who signed Drogba to Chelsea in his first time out with the club believes the door will be open to Drogba to make a return to the Blues in the future, presumably in a non-playing role.
It is not hard to see why.
Didier Drogba spent eight seasons in Stamford Bridge, and in that time he became a fan favourite. Manager after manager, Drogba retained his spot as the first choice striker for Chelsea - he beat off competition from Andriy Shevchenko, Nicolas Anelka, Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres.
He is the only player to have scored in every match he has played in Wembley, as well as the only player to have scored in consecutive cup finals - a record eight times.
His most vital goal didn't come until his last action for Chelsea - that all important equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final and the calm slotting away of the winning penalty. In what was his last kick of the ball for a club he served so well, he delivered the most coveted trophy to the club and fans, writing himself into legendary status in the process.
It is no surprise that the door remains open to the Ivorian power house. And if his sustained close relationship to current Blues manager Jose Mourinho is anything to go by, expect that return to be sooner, rather than later.
The admirable side of his game was his undisputed zeal to win and his love for the club. He single-handedly dragged the team to victory on many an occasion, bulldozing his way past opponents and setting up or scoring vital goals.
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