Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has called on the club's fans to give Frank Lampard a hero's welcome when he returns to Stamford Bridge with new club Manchester City this weekend.
The former Blues midfielder will be making his first return to his old club since a shock exit at the end of last season, and having now signed with the Citizens on loan for the rest of this campaign it's unsure how Chelsea fans will welcome back their former idol.
Drogba, who himself left Chelsea back in 2012, received a superb reaction when he lined up against the club with Galatasaray last season, but now he's back in west London he's hoping his former teammate will receive a similar welcome.
While Blues fans' opinion of their former midfielder may have changed, the fact remains that he's still their all-time record goalscorer.
During a 13-year Chelsea career he scored an incredible 211 goals from midfield to write his name in club history, something even a move to a title rival cannot undo.
In that time he also inspired the club to three Premier League titles, but on Saturday he'll be doing his best to harm their chances of claiming another this season.
How will Chelsea fans react?
Speaking ahead of the huge top of the table clash, Drogba told reporters: "I hope he is going to get the best reception like I had last year when I came to the Bridge with Galatasaray because that is the least he deserves."
Both players are now in the latter stages of their careers, but in their prime they linked up superbly to help Chelsea lift a number of trophies, and Drogba thanked his former colleague for the impact he had on his career, and Chelsea as a club.
"He's going to come back as a legend, the man who helped the club win so many trophies in the last ten years, so I expect the reception will be fantastic for him," he said.
"He was involved in more than half of the goals I scored in my Chelsea time here. So I know I owe him a lot."
A great man, not just a great player
Drogba made the comments at an awards ceremony as the Football Writers Association honoured him for his contribution to the game, although he's not always enjoyed a good relationship with the English media.
In his early days he was often lambasted for play-acting and his attitude, and he credits Lampard and John Terry.
He said: "Being around players like Frank and John and to see the way Frank was dealing with the press, always clean, a gentleman, I think it helps. You have to take it as an example and for me he was a big example."
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