With 200 appearances and 100 goals for the club - including a late equaliser and the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final over Bayern Munich - Didier Drogba is rightly considered a Chelsea legend, as well as staking a claim as one of the best strikers of all time.
His dominating presence and incredible power have helped him become one of the greats, winning countless accolades in the process. However, despite his ongoing talents, even at the respectable age of 36, a return to Chelsea makes no sense at this stage in his career.
Following a productive season for Galatasaray, for whom he scored 15 goals in 37 appearances, the evidence suggests that Drogba still retains his eye for goal that has epitomised his career thus far.
Therefore, to return to Chelsea at this stage would be a puzzling decision. Chelsea will certainly be handing starts to new signing Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku - the latter having been dubbed the next Drogba by some after arriving at the club in 2011 - next season, while Fernando Torres also remains on the cards, should he elect to remain in West London.
Both Costa and Lukaku share a similar style of play to Drogba, while Chelsea's recent focus on youth should see them preferred to the 36-year-old Ivorian. As a fourth striker, he offers nothing new.
Therefore, Drogba would simply end up a back-up player if he were to move to Chelsea - one who would certainly be awarded a lucrative salary, as well as taking up a vital squad place. He still has the quality to operate in a first-team role, but it seems unlikely that Chelsea will be able to offer him a regular starting position.
To select him over the likes of Costa and Lukaku could well see the younger strikers become disillusioned at being forced to give way to a veteran striker who is certainly past his glory days.
While there is no doubt a return to the London club would be a dream for Drogba and would certainly be met with delight from the Chelsea fans, it would perhaps make more sense for Drogba to join a more average side, lower down the table, where his talents would be more useful and appreciated.
Player or coach?
There are suggestions he will return to Chelsea as a player-coach, but should his mind be set on a return to the club, it should be as a full-time attacking coach. His knowledge and expertise would be of significant benefit to the likes of Costa and Lukaku, while his presence as a staff member would be a huge morale boost for the entire club.
As a player-coach, his attentions would be split as he attempts to continue his glistening career as well as balance his new responsibilities. A coach could focus entirely on developing the younger strikers currently at the club.
Of course, these are only rumours so far, with Drogba reportedly considering several offers, but a return to Chelsea as a player-coach would be the wrong decision.
He should either move somewhere else, where he stands more of a chance of holding down a first-team position for another year or two, or return to Chelsea as a full-time coach and help develop Lukaku into his natural successor.
As a player, he will remain in limbo, waiting for his golden career to eventually fade away, but as a coach he could help shape Chelsea's strikers of tomorrow and remain a huge part of the club that has come to mean so much to him over the years.
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