Didier Drogba has given a major hint that this season could be his last at Chelsea.
The forward came back to the West London outfit only in the summer on a one-year contract. At 36 years of age, he is no longer capable of playing on a regular basis. It was a largely held belief that Drogba’s return was made purely on a sentimental basis, but the striker has proved in recent weeks that it was not the case. His goals against the likes of Maribor and Manchester United have helped Chelsea pick up some vital points.
Chelsea defender John Terry has claimed that striker Didier Drogba has lost none of its potency despite being at several clubs playing in and out football for the last few years. The 36-year-old striker recently returned at Chelsea on a one-year contract. He had initially left the blues in 2012 after winning the Champions League. Spells at clubs in China and Turkey followed, but now he has returned once again back to the big stage with Chelsea. He is unlikely to be a first choice striker due to the presence of Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.
Didier Drogba has been tipped to sign for Chelsea for the second time. The Ivory Coast international has already had a long stint at Stamford Bridge from 2004 to 2012 and if the reports are to be believed, he would be making his way to West London this summer again.
Drogba’s contract at his current club Galatasaray SK is finished and he is not likely to get an extension there. So, he would be a free agent during the transfer window.
Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi has sent out a warning to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba saying that the 36-year-old should not take his first-team spot in the team as a guarantee. Drogba is expected to be a starter at the World Cup 2014 for the Ivory Coast team, who start the campaign with a match against Japan. After years of underachievement even with the likes of Drogba leading the line, it looks like Lamouchi is ready to adopt a different approach. Further, at 36 years of age, Drogba is past the peak of his career.
Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has said that manager José Mourinho should reconsider his decision to sell Romelu Lukaku in the summer. It is widely believed that Mourinho has made the decision to fill the Belgian international in order to raise money to bring in Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. The striker is expected to cost in the region of £ 35 million and due to the FFP regulations, Chelsea will not be able to spend that kind of money on one single player.
Swansea city manager Gary Monk has compared his striker Wilfried Bony to Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba. He also says that the former Vitesse Arnhem striker can become even better than Drogba, who scored more than 150 goals during his eight-year stay with Chelsea.
The Ivory Coast star is approaching the end of his career, but that has not prevented this star value from diminishing. He is currently playing with Turkish outfit Galatasaray. Bony came to the Premier league only in the summer from Vitesse Arnhem for £ 12 million.
Didier Drogba has admitted that he could have stayed at Chelsea beyond the 2012 campaign had the club reached an agreement with his agent over the new contract.
After months of speculation, it was finally announced after Chelsea’s Champions League win that Drogba would be bringing his eight-year spell at the club to an end. He has become a legend at the club after helping the blues to numerous titles over this period. He has also plundered 157 goals in just 340 matches. Drogba will be returning to Chelsea for the first time since leaving the club in 2012.
During the recently closed transfer window, there were rumors being spread around concerning the future of Didier Drogba with the Seattle Sounders being the possibility of his next destination of his football career but according to a spokesman of Galatasaray, they have not been informed of anything regarding their player.
The Champions League last 16 draw was completed some weeks ago with Chelsea having to face off against Galatasaray and play against their former star player Didier Drogba who now plays for the Turkish team.
Didier Drogba’s impact with the Chelsea jersey is still being felt today as he is one of the greatest players in the last decade to play for the Premier League club; his last contribution to his former club was during the penalty shootout in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich as he scored the winning goal.
The 35 years old former Chelsea player Didier Drogba expressed his pride as Ivory Coast sealed their qualification for the 2014 World Cup with their 1-1 draw against Senegal and thanks to a convincing 3-1 victory in their 1st leg it was more than enough for Ivory Coast to secure their 3rd straight time.
"It will be the third World Cup in a row for a small country like the Ivory Coast"