Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho has admitted that the legendary Ivorian striker Didier Drogba will be back at Stamford Bridge at some point.
Drogba, who currently plays for Turkish side Galatasaray, has 12 months contract remaining with them. But that doesn’t bother Mourinho as he is keeping the door open for Drogba. However, the Portuguese manger was quick to point out that it is not going to happen this summer nor will he return as a player.
Quoted by the Telegrapgh, Mourinho said:
He is a player and he is a winner and he enjoys his game and I almost had a heart attack because of him [last season],” Mourinho said. “Let him enjoy a good couple of years of football but, after that, he is loved in this club by everyone and that’s very, very normal. I think one day he will have a Chelsea future.”
“Is Didier a very important player in Chelsea’s history? Yes,” said Mourinho. “Will Didier always be in the memory of the Chelsea fans,Chelsea board, Chelsea owner, Chelsea players and Chelsea kids growing up? Yes.”
“Is it normal that Didier will be in the future connected with Chelsea again? I think yes. How? I don’t know. That’s a global question for the club. I am nobody, I am just the manager.”
Drogba featured as a protagonist in Mourinho’s first tenure at Chelsea, helping the club to achieve back-to-back Premier League title.
Here are some of his Chelsea stats, courtesy of the Blues official website
DIDIER DROGBA – 157 CHELSEA GOALS, 341 GAMES
2004/05 (16 goals in 30+11 games)
1 Aug 24 Crystal Palace (away) W 2-0
2, 3 Sep 14 Paris St Germain (Champions League Gp away) W 3-0
4 Sep 25 Middlesbrough (away) W 1-0
5 Sep 29 Porto (Champions League Gp home) W 3-1
6 Dec 4 Newcastle (home) W 4-0 (sub)
7 Dec 18 Norwich (home) W 4-0 (sub)
8, 9 Jan 4 Middlesbrough (home) W 2-0
10, 11 Jan 22 Portsmouth (home) W 3-0
12 Feb 27 Liverpool (League Cup final Cardiff) W 3-2
13 Mar 15 West Brom (home) W 1-0
14 Apr 6 Bayern Munich (Champions League QF home) W 4-2
15 Apr 9 Birmingham (home) D 1-1 (sub)
16 Apr 12 Bayern Munich (Champions League QF away) L 2-3
In other news, Socceroos boss Holger Osieck has revealed that Jose Mourinho will provide the Australian veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer with regular Chelsea minutes following his move from Fulham earlier this summer. While Peter Cech still in the middle of the sticks at Bridge, it is expected that Schwarzer will be a second fiddle behind him, but with the FIFA World cup coming round the corner, Schwarzer would like to get some well deserved game time as it will be his last major tournament before he hands up his gloves.
Osieck reveals that Jose Mourinho has promised more game time to Mark Schwarzer, he said:
“What he (Schwarzer) told me was when he agreed to sign for Chelsea, his signature was based on conversations with Mourinho, that he obviously promised to give him sufficient playing time because of the great number of games Chelsea has to play, in the league, in various cups and of course in Europe,” Osieck said.
“Mark was very confident that there was a lot of honesty in Mourinho’s words.”
Although it might be difficult for Schwarzer to feature in the Premier League regularly, Chelsea’s involvements in several other League cups and European competitions and given their history to reach places, the Australian International could expect some game-time.