Chelsea icon Didier Drogba will make a decision in the coming days as to whether or not he wants to return to Stamford Bridge or make a switch to Serie A champions Juventus.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims that the veteran forward is now ready to make a choice over the future of his playing career, having been part of the Ivory Coast which crashed out in the group stages at the World Cup. Drogba’s contract at Galatasaray, where he spent last season, is now up, and so the 36-year-old must now find himself a new club, with a number of sides interested. The aforementioned duo of Chelsea and Juve are thought to be the frontrunners for his signature, as it looks like he will continue within the sport as a player rather than going into coaching.
Le 10 includes within its more recent report that not only is Jose Mourinho interested in being reunited with Drogba, but he’s actively looking to persuade the Ivorian to move to Stamford Bridge. It’s believed the Portuguese boss has made calls to his former striker, despite the fact that the player himself is said to favour a move to Turin. Were Drogba to opt for Juve over Stamford Bridge he would most certainly be offered far more game-time, and that could be a decisive factor in his overall decision.
Though at one point Drogba was the most feared frontman on the planet, there’s no debating the fact that his natural abilities have waned with age. That being said he did manage 14 goals in 36 appearances for Gala last term, and his size and experience mean he should still be able to cope just fine in the Premier League.
Mourinho’s insistence on landing him isn’t too surprising considering the fact that the three men he had up top last campaign - namely Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba - failed to impress when it mattered most. The Special One also doesn’t appear keen on giving Romelu Lukaku a chance to force his way into the fray in west London, which leaves him desperate to get his hands on proven goal scorers.
Naturally Drogba has other, potentially more lucrative, offers on the table, and Le 10 specifically refers to one such proposal from Qatari outfit Lekhwiya, which was made to the former Marseille man in a bid to lure him away from Europe. For now though it seems he sees his future at the top of the game, and either Juve or Chelsea will fight it out as a result.