Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he intends to bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea for a second spell.
The Chelsea manager is adamant that Drogba still has plenty to offer the team and still has the ability to terrorise Premier League defenders at the tender age of 36. Mourinho hopes to complete a deal in the next 48 hours, according to The Daily Mirror.
The return of the king
Mourinho spoke publicly for the first time about his intentions to bring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge. He explained that Drogba will not only boost morale within the team but also offer plenty on the pitch.
Quoted in the same source, Mourinho said: "We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.
"If you bring him back it's not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea football (see below) or because - as I read - I need an assistant.
"No. If I bring him back it is because, as a player, he has certain qualities to make the team stronger.
"The team is not about the 11, it is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility."
Drogba is a living legend in west London after almost single-handedly pulling Chelsea back from the brink to seal a famous Champions League win against Bayern Munich in 2012. They won on penalties after Drogba equalised deep into the game.
As Chelsea fans will tell you, the last kick of the match went to Drogba, who buried his spot kick to bring an end to a successful eight-year spell at the club. He went to China but quickly left to join Turkish side Galatasaray.
The danger for Drogba is that if he returns and struggles to make an impact he could damage that legacy. But Mourinho has said there is no danger of that happening.
He said: "With Didier's profile, being a squad player I think could be important for any team. And because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, and because our boss has this big feeling towards him, we are thinking about the possibility."
The owner approves
In what was an unusually open press conference from Mourinho, he even hinted that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is playing a big part in the deal. Although he admits Abramovich is a quiet man, Mourinho says the Russian is an intelligent man and is about to make an intelligent decision with regards to Drogba.
"Mr Abramovich does not speak a lot and does not speak at all to you [the media]. But as you can imagine, he is very intelligent and he feels that people belong to the club.
"We feel that Didier belongs to us."