Chelsea are hoping the return of Didier Drogba as a coach will help convince Eden Hazard to stay at the club, according to the Evening Standard.
It has been widely reported that the Ivorian striker is considering retirement in order to leave Montreal Impact and rejoin Chelsea in a coaching capacity.
Drogba still retains a strong influence in the Stamford Bridge dressing room with a number of senior players reportedly requesting his return as a solution to their terrible form this season.
BECOME A WRITER
Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay3
While it seems that Jose Mourinho was not willing to listen to such a demand, Guus Hiddink has acted very fast and was seen enjoying a recent game against Sunderland alongside both Roman Abramovich and Drogba.
Their attempts to bring Drogba back has been largely due to the fact that Hazard seems determined to quit the club at the end of the season. It was thought that his dissatisfaction in west London was down to Mourinho, but he remains unhappy and reports stated on Thursday morning that he would look to agitate his way to Real Madrid.
His discontent has been made clear by his dramatic fall from grace this season. Following on from a campaign in which he won the PFA Player of the Year and was handed a £200,000-a-week deal, he is now struggling to make an impact on the game.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the Belgium international, but he has no desire to return to Ligue 1, where he first emerged on the footballing scene with Lille.
Waiting for Drogba
Reports were further strengthened by the claim that new Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made Hazard his top transfer target for the summer. Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu, seemingly creating the perfect chance for the 25-year-old to join Los Blancos.
But, according to this new report, Hazard will leave any firm decision over his future until Drogba's is made clear. They formed a very close bond during their shared time at Chelsea and his presence could convince him to stay.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms