John Terry lauds Didier Drogba after return to Chelsea

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John Terry has claimed Didier Drogba is still at his best after the 36-year-old rejoined Chelsea this summer.

Terry is backing his old-pal Drogba to be a success after he signed on a free transfer with the club he left in 2012. The Ivorian's last competitive kick for the club saw them win the Champions League but he has since has gone on to play for Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.


Terry was unsurprisingly delighted to welcome Drogba back to Stamford Bridge and told Chelsea TV: "Didier's still the same.

"He's been a nightmare to play against in training. He's still physically strong, sharp and hungry as well."

The club captain also highlighted the effect Drogba can have on others at the club, Terry said: "It's important Didier is here because he brings that mentality of wanting to win every day and that rubs off on people like Kurt Zouma and the other young players he's playing against."

Despite welcoming back an old friend, Terry has had to say goodbye to long standing team-mates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole and added: "The club are evolving. One day we'll all be gone."

"It's time for these players to continue to keep winning tropes for this club and keep the fans and owner happy.

"If I was a Chelsea fan I'd be very impressed from what I have seen so far from Diego, Cesc Filipe and all the boy that have come in like Kurt as well."

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The Return of the King

Drogba earned himself legendary status in his first spell at Stamford Bridge scoring 100 league goals in 226 appearances and winning numerous trophies along the way.

The powerhouse forward signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2004 for £24 million from Marseille, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. Drogba quickly became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge winning the sides first league title in 50 years in his first season, and the following season he claimed a second Premier League winners medal.

The 2006-07 season is probably a personal highlight for the forward, he netted 33 league goals winning him the Golden Boot, as well as scoring the winning goals in both the League Cup and FA Cup finals.

In 2009 he won his second FA Cup, scoring the equaliser in the final, and the following season he was crucial in Chelsea winning their first double, winning his second Golden Boot along the way and scoring the only goal in the 2010 FA Cup final.

During the 2012 season Drogba scored his 100th Premier League goal for the club and became the first African player to do so.

Later that season Drogba scored the only goal in the FA Cup final against Liverpool, making him the only player in the history of the game to score in four separate FA Cup finals.

The famous goodbye

The Ivorian made his final appearance for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League Final where he scored the 88th minute equaliser and then scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out, cementing his place in Chelsea folk-law.

Drogba and Mourinho have had a love affair since the manager first signed him and they will be hoping to reignite the flame as Drogba returns for his second spell at the club he calls home. 

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