Didier Drogba has revealed he wants to become manager of Chelsea once he calls time on his playing career, according to BBC Sport.
The Ivorian currently plies his trade in Major League Soccer for Montreal Impact, whom he joined after leaving Stamford Bridge over the summer.
He disclosed that an informal agreement has already been agreed with the Chelsea hierarchy to one day return.
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The 37-year-old said: “I want to give back to the club which has given so much to me. I have agreed that with the club directors.
“Why not manager? Why not sporting director, trainer at the academy or maybe an advising role for strikers?"
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The striker holds Chelsea very close to his heart and it was his goal during the penalty shootout against Bayern Munich that won the Blues their first Champions League title at Allianz Arena in 2012.
Drogba was one of the first star signings made by Jose Mourinho during his first spell in west London back in 2004 from French side Marseille.
During his initial eight-year stay, the former Ivory Coast international scored 157 goals in all competitions before rejoining them in 2014, adding a further seven goals to his already remarkable tally.
Despite his desire to one day manage Chelsea, Drogba appears not yet ready to live out his dream and instead believes Mourinho is still "the right man" for the job amidst the club's struggles to find their feet this season.
He continued: "If the club has kept [Mourinho] that means owner Roman Abramovich thinks that he is the right man. I think the players trust him and he is giving his best to change the situation.”
However, the former Chelsea marksman insists it will be hard for the Blues to retain the title which they won so convincingly last season.
Drogba, believes Arsenal instead could end their long wait for Premier League glory this campaign despite strong competition from both Manchester clubs.
"I think Manchester City will be as strong as they have been in the last few years, but I would go for Arsenal,” Drogba told Sky Sports during the promotion of his autobiography, Commitment.
Asked why he picked Chelsea’s arch-rivals, a smiling Drogba simply said: “Because they [Arsenal] have got Petr Cech.”
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