Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that club legend Didier Drogba could indeed stay at Stamford Bridge after he hangs up his boots.
According to Sky Sports The Special One hinted that there will be some sort of role for the Ivorian striker when he does call time on what has been a hugely successful career. Drogba returned to west London this summer having embarked on a two-year hiatus from the club after scoring the winning spot-kick in the 2012 Champions League final.
Now, in a second stint with the club which has gone swimmingly so far, Drogba is acting as deputy to first-choice striker Diego Costa, and it looks as though his relationship with Chelsea might be one which goes beyond his playing days.
Mourinho on Drogba
"It's remarkable," the Portuguese said.
"I was expecting exactly this. The important thing is that he's here and he's going to finish his career with Chelsea.
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"It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career.
"t looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career"
"It will be his decision when he decides when to stop as a player. It will be something personal."
Of course it was easy for Mourinho to wax lyrical over Drogba last night, what with his showing against Tottenham Hotspur proving that he’s still more than a handful for Premier League defences when he’s on song. The 36-year-old scored in the emphatic 3-0 route at Stamford Bridge, and has so far notched five goals since his return to the Blues.
Suited for management?
The first time around the ex-Marseille striker amassed an impressive record of 157 goals in 341 games, and his rapport with the fans led to him being voted as Chelsea’s most popular player ever. There’s no question he would have the full support of the club’s followers were he to decide to venture into coaching, though it remains to be seen how well he would cope.
Other dressing-room heroes have tried and failed to carry over their on-pitch glory to the dugout, and whilst Drogba couldn’t ask for a mentor better than Mourinho it will be difficult for his post-playing record to come close to matching the lofty resume he has forged since the start of his professional career.
For now though he’ll be more than happy to focus on finishing the season as a league champion in England once more. The Blues currently sit comfortably at the top of the table and only Manchester City look like posing anything that remotely resembles a challenge.