Didier Drogba is wanted back at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho and could be signed from Galatasaray as a player-coach before the end of the summer transfer window reports the Sunday Mirror.
The Ivorian visited the Blues' training ground at Cobham this week and held private talks with his former mentor Mourinho, who sees Drogba as the perfect role model for several up-and-coming, young Chelsea players.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the Portuguese boss is keen on signing the 35-year-old but is yet to agree terms with his current club, Galatasaray, for whom Drogba signed from Shanghai Shenhua just six months ago.
Should a fee not be agreed with the Turkish giants, it is understood that Drogba would see out the final year of his contract in Istanbul and make his Chelsea return as part of the backroom staff for the 2014/15 season.
However, the forward could forseeably rejoin the Blues by September as a player-coach, in a role similar to that of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United or, previously, former Chelsea colleague Nicholas Anelka in Shanghai.
Regardless, it seems to be only a matter of time before Drogba goes back to west London in some capacity, after Roman Abramovich tried to sign him in January and Mourinho gave the press a glowing report last week.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea's preseason tour to East Asia, Mourinho is quoted as saying: "I can use him [Didier Drogba] as a profile to persuade younger players to follow me because he followedme from day one."
Meanwhile, the three-time Premier League title holder and UEFA Champions League winning stalwart himself professed that he hopes to take up some kind of role at Chelse
a again, sooner or later in his sparkling career.
Asked about a potential second coming, Drogba said: "It would be nice. Not just coaching but to help the club. For Chelsea I gave everything and, of course, they have it back to me. I always feel at home when I go to London."
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