Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed Didier Drogba won't be returning to Stamford Bridge in any capacity, according to Sky Sports.
When both were spotted at Stamford Bridge sat alongside owner Roman Abramovich in mid-December, following Jose Mourinho's sacking, rumours circulated that yet another return was on the cards for the Blues legend.
However, such speculation was put to rest - for now anyway - with the Ivorian announcing he would be joining Montreal Impact for their pre-season preparations in Qatar ahead of the new MLS season.
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Fuel was added to the fire when further rumours emerged that the 37-year-old was considering retirement from professional football, hinting at a return to west London as a coach. Once again, though, nothing materialised.
When asked about the possibility of Drogba returning to the club with whom he made his name, Hiddink said a future return is viable but insisted it wouldn't be anytime soon.
"In the short-term, yes (there is no prospect)," he began.
"But in the longer term we talked about players of a big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome.
"There is no time issue on this. I wish him all the best now for one of his last seasons."
During his time at Chelsea, which included two spells, Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals in 254 appearances and became a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, also establishing himself as one of the league's greatest forwards.
Famed for his power, pace and finishing, there's little doubt the Ivorian would have some wise words of wisdom to impart onto up-and-coming strikers.
And much like Hiddink has done, Chelsea fans can expect the eccentric striker to one day return to the club in a coaching role.