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Didier Drogba shouldn't make Chelsea return

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Reports in recent days have suggested that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set for for a sensational return to the club where he spent eight years of his illustrious career.

This has caused much excitement among Chelsea fans, but I for one would rather Drogba continued his career elsewhere (although ideally not at another Premier League club).

It is not that I don't rate Drogba as a player - I still think he is a magnificent footballer, particularly considering that he is now well into his thirties. 

It is more due to the fact that when he left in 2012 it was the perfect way for such an influential player to leave - scoring the goal and the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, almost single-handedly lifting the team against all odds to an emphatic victory. My lasting memory of Drogba will be him cooly stepping up to the spot and slotting that penalty past Manuel Neuer, and that's the way it should be.

If he came back I fear that his second send-off would fail to live up to that of the first. Yes he is still a top player, but he is likely to play second fiddle to new signing Diego Costa, and in all honesty is not quite the player he used to be.

I worry that my memory of him with the Champions League aloft will be replaced by that of a few cameo appearances in the F.A. Cup and perhaps a couple of goals against the likes of Burnley and Leicester. He deserves more than that.

He is still capable of holding down a first team role at a slightly lower club and have more of an influence so we can continue to remember Drogba as the legend that he is. 

Furthermore, Chelsea as a club could suffer long term as the arrival of Drogba would push promising young strikers like Romelu Lukaku, Patrick Bamford and Islam Feruz even further down the pecking order. As a result these talents of the future may well seek moves away from the club (Lukaku in particular). I have been frustrated for many years by the lack of youngsters progressing from the academy to the first team and Drogba's arrival would do nothing to change this.

I can understand that a move back to Stamford Bridge to work under Jose Mourinho once again is an attractive proposition which, if rumours are true, would allow him to begin a coaching career.

If he returned of course I would be pleased; however, I still feel that it would be best for everyone if we just agree that it was great while it lasted, but it's time for us both to move on.

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