When Didier Drogba sat between Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday, you knew something was up.
Now, the inevitable has happened. His agent has confirmed, according to the Evening Standard, that there have been talks between the 37-year-old and Chelsea officials with regards to a third spell at the club.
Thierno Seydi refused to specify what roles have been discussed and it is unclear as to whether Chelsea will attempt to buy the striker out of his contract with MLS side Montreal Impact.
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Drogba has one-year remaining on that deal, but the Blues have time to negotiate a transfer fee as the MLS season does not start until March 6. His presence alongside Abramovich and the new manager appears to suggest he's keen on a deal.
Hiddink, who has been charged with the task of rebuilding Chelsea following Jose Mourinho's departure, has already spoken of his admiration for Drogba, admitting he would be keen to get him in as part of his back-room staff.
Drogba is as revered in the Chelsea dressing room as he is in the stands. The Ivory Coast legend has scored 164 goals in two spells at the club and was a major influence in 2012's Champions League success.
Even last year, when he was the third choice behind Loic Remy and Diego Costa, he played a significant role in the dressing room, helping to motivate the players to a Premier League triumph.
Time to retire
Indeed, a report in last month's Sun newspaper claimed a number of players had called on Mourinho to bring him back from the US because they missed his influence.
Should he return to west London, it is unlikely he will be granted a playing role even though Chelsea's strikers have struggled for form this season.