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Didier Drogba would be a terrible signing for Chelsea

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Speculation that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is preparing to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge should concern, rather than excite, the Blues faithful. There's no room for sentiment for a club with serious ambitions of winning silverware - and re-signing the 36-year-old Ivory Coast international would be a decision based solely on sentimental, rather than footballing, reasons.

That Drogba - arguably the greatest African striker in the history of the sport - can no longer get into the Ivory Coast starting line-up speaks volumes of how far his star has fallen since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2012. The veteran striker scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for Galatasaray last season - only 10 of which came in the Turkish Super Lig, an inferior stage to the Premier League.

Never go back

Drogba bowed out of Chelsea in the most romantic way possible: by scoring the winning penalty to help the Blues lift the European Cup for the first time in their history. He scored 157 goals in 341 matches and is widely regarded as one of the club's greatest-ever players. Some fans insist he tops the list.

Why he'd want to risk tarnishing his legendary reputation by coming back to Chelsea is a mystery. They say that, in football, you should never go back. It's been proven on many occasions in the past that heroic returns tend to end in disappointment. And there's little to suggest bringing back Drogba would be a masterstroke on Mourinho's part.

Jose Mourinho must keep Romelu Lukaku

More worryingly for Chelsea fans is the prospect of Mourinho selling Romelu Lukaku and bringing Drogba to the Bridge as a short-term measure. Lukaku has the potential to become one of the world's best strikers and is ready for first-team action with the Blues right now. Thirty-two Premier League goals in 66 appearances over the last two seasons - with West Brom and Everton - is evidence that the Belgium international must be retained by Mourinho, regardless of who else he signs this summer.

The Portuguese coach may feel that bringing fan favourite Drogba back to Chelsea for a season would allow him to offload Lukaku with minimal outcry from supporters. The Blues' faithful still trust Mourinho, but more than a few questions would be asked if he sold the club's most promising youngster this summer, especially after offloading Juan Mata to Manchester United last January.

Drogba in the winter of his career

Despite ending his spell at Chelsea in fairytale fashion, it's easily forgotten that Drogba scored just five Premier League goals in his final season at Stamford Bridge. The Ivorian was already in decline - and now he's firmly in the winter of his career.

Just because he carries a great aura around with him doesn't mean he's still a great striker. If this was the case, Manchester United would have the iconic Eric Cantona alongside Robin van Persie in attack next season.

Drogba has had his time - and Mourinho, as one of the most intelligent and revered coaches in the sport, should know better than to bow to sentimental emotions.

Chelsea fans might think they want Drogba back - but they'll soon regret it once the 2014/15 campaign gets underway.

Chelsea fans: Watch Didier Drogba's best moments at Stamford Bridge.

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