The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has named the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as his favourite player of all-time. Mourinho and Drogba enjoyed a special relationship even though the pair were together for just a few seasons.

It was the Portuguese manager who brought Drogba to Chelsea for £ 24 million back in 2006. Drogba went on to play for eight seasons for the English club during which time he established himself as one of the best in the world. The 34-year-old is currently playing for the Turkish club Galatasaray after ending his Chinese adventure after just six months.

During his time at Chelsea, Drogba and Mourinho managed to lift two league titles along with plenty of other trophies. They came extremely close to reaching the final of the Champions League as well. Mourinho was recently in Turkey in order to scout his Champions League quarter-final opposition – Galatasaray. There were reports in the media that the manager has criticised his former player Drogba, who is likely to come up against him when the two sides met each other. However, Mourinho has said that he will never have anything bad to say about Drogba, and the player is also well aware of the good relationship enjoyed between the two.

“I have had a lot of truly special players, but if I had to choose one I might go for Didier. As a player he is out of this world. I would like to have him by my side, so just imagine. Drogba knows who I am and what I feel in my heart for him. It is impossible that I would talk bad about Drogba. There is no problem because he knows that the last thing I would do is to say anything negative about my relationship with him,” said Mourinho in a recent interview.