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Didier Drogba has officially rejoined Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Jul 25, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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He’s back.

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has agreed on a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge, where he’ll try to help his old boss Jose Mourinho win the Premier League again.

Drogba, 36, returns to Chelsea after two years away from the club. He scored eight goals in 11 appearances for China’s Shanghai Shenhua before netting 15 times in 37 matches for Turkish giants Galatasaray.

He scored 157 goals in eight seasons at Chelsea, including 100 in Premier League play and 34 in Europe. He was a part of three Premier League winners and one Champions League winner during his time in London.

From Chelseafc.com:

On signing his contract, Drogba said: ‘It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again.  Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

‘My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.’

Jose Mourinho said: ‘He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.’

Drogba’s advanced age, in soccer terms, is obviously a concern, but he played well off the bench for the Ivory Coast despite the nation’s failings at the World Cup. On a one-year deal, this is not a bad move at all for Chelsea. Drogba respects Mourinho and vice versa. Chelsea look powerful heading towards the season.

  1. geejon - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    How does this writer not mention what this teams for Romelu Lukaku? With Costa, Torres and now Drogba on board, (not to mention the ability of Schurrle and Fabregas to plays as false 9’s), the writing’s on the wall for Lukaku? Why? How does the writer not broach the subject as to why Mourniho feels more comfortable playing a washed-up Torres and old as dirt Drogba over a guy like Lukaku. It’s a mystery that’s for sure.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      What if Lukaku stays and Torres goes? What if? I didn’t mention it because I was dealing in what is happening here. Many people are saying Lukaku stays, which would make all the if’s a moot point. I definitely appreciate your opinion, but when there’s Lukaku news, I’ll share mine.

      • geejon - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        I haven’t heard of a single team interested in Torres at his wages or a single sentence referencing him stating he’d be willing to lower them to leave to go elsewehere and that’s odd considered this is the time of year EVERYONE is in the news linked to 1 team or another … but nothing on Torres.

        I made that post because im sure “what does this mean for Lukaku” is prolly the first thing that came to mind when hearing the news for every Chelsea or non-Chelsea fan.

        Maybe a deal involving Torres will happen out of the blue. Anything’s possible. But if Lukaku is loaned out again or sold, better believe Mourinho will be hearing it from every corner. For a guy who spent all last year crying about his strikers, to get rid of that manchild and choose to back up Costa (who hasn’t proven anything in the EPL unlike the younger Lukaku already has) with 2 has-beens just might be his downfall. No one will want to hear him crying about it this year.

      • zhicks429 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        @nicholasmendola

        You are 100% correct (probably why you are a professional analyst). Re @geejon, think of how a team works this way… If Lukaku, as a youngster fighting to lead one of the more competitive teams in Europe, is given more starting time than proven veterans, how would that impact locker room and team dynamics?

        Lukaku (in my opinion) has a lot of raw talent, but would benefit having to fight for a place and a mentor like Drogba (who is his idol) to guide in him in training sessions.

        Lukaku was asked to stay and prove himself, but chose to get more playing time prior to the WC, which worked in his favor, but he didn’t even hold the starting position for Belgium. He proved himself enough to have a real shot at proving himself at Chelsea (which is a whole lot more pressure than Everton, not slighting them) and be the spiritual successor for Drogba

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