Didier Drogba would seriously consider a return to former club Marseille after his current contract expires at Stamford Bridge, that's according to the Chelsea striker's agent Thierno Seydi.
Quoted by the London Evening Standard, the 37-year-old's representative hinted the Ivorian marksman is ready to fulfil a promise previously made to the Ligue 1 club by moving back to Stade Velodrome for the 2015/16 campaign.
Drogba decided against extending his deal in west London because he wants to play more regular first-team football in what is sure to be his final year in professional football, and that opportunity is much more realistic in France.
Marcelo Bielsa would probably welcome the chance to bring in a player of Drogba's vast experience, particularly given the warm relationship he enjoyed during his solitary season in Marseille in 2003/04.
The African talisman netted a mightily impressive 27 goals for Les Phoceens which earned him a £24 million move to the Premier League after catching the eye of a certain Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was keen for Drogba to prolong their second stint working together at Stamford Bridge having convinced him to return to England on a short-term deal last summer, but the fact the Portuguese tactician could not guarantee the player frequent minutes meant that an agreement was always going to be difficult.
Now it looks as though the Chelsea legend is ready to return to another of his former employers after Seydi hinted a surprise comeback is on the cards.
"Is Didier ready to return to Marseille? I stand by his words, he always kept the door open," he confirmed. "Opportunities have already shown in the past, but it had not been possible for various reasons.
"Today he could contribute his experience, have more playing time and take on that leadership role of the locker room like he had at Chelsea.
"Since Sunday, a lot of clubs have told us of their interest. We will take time for reflection."
Chelsea will certainly not miss Drogba too much in terms of what he contributed on the pitch this past season, with Diego Costa and Loic Remy both offering more in the way of goals and general attacking threat.
But, the influence the veteran striker had in the dressing room is an asset that the club will struggle to replace, and that's why it's with heavy hearts that Blues supporters say goodbye to one of their club legends this summer.
Chelsea fans: Where do you think Didier Drogba will end up playing next season? If he returns to Marseille, how many goals do you think the Ivorian will score in Ligue 1? Have your say below...
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