Friday, July 25, 2014

I Will Bring Dider Drogba Back To Chelsea, He Belongs Here - Jose Mourinho

JOSE MOURINHO has confirmed he is trying to bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea with a deal possible by the end of the weekend.

Drogba, whose last kick for Chelsea was the penalty which won them the 2012 Champions League final, is a free agent after spells in China and most recently a season with Turkish side Galatasaray.

However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted it was his head rather than his heart that had led him to explore the possibility to teaming up with the talisman from his first spell in charge with the club.

Mourinho said: "We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe and still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League.

"We are thinking about it in a non-emotional way. If we bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea football or because, as I have read somewhere, I need an assistant. No.

"If I bring him back - and the decision has to be made soon, because I want to close the dressing-room door - it is because as a player he has certain qualities to make the team stronger."

That said, Mourinho did admit that Roman Abramovich's fondness for the man who finally delivered him Champions League glory was a part of the equation.

"With Didier's profile, being a squad player he could be important for any team," he said. "And because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, and because our boss has this big feeling towards him, we are thinking about the possibility.

"We feel that Didier belongs to us. Is he coming back as a player for one more year or a couple more years? Let's see what is going to happen."

There are not understood to be any specific hurdles to Drogba's arrival and personal terms could be thrashed out in the next 48 hours with the 36-year-old being told not to expect the same status he enjoyed before when he was the first name on the teamsheet.

"The team is not about the XI, it is about the different options, and as an option I would not say no about the possibility of Didier," said Mourinho.

"It is the position where it is more common that the player who starts the game doesn't finish. It is easier to have them all motivated and all happy in a certain way.

"Exactly because of that, the striker's position is not the one where the manager does not have two players for one position. We have three or four options."

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