Monday 19 February 2018

Coming back 'home' to Blues was an easy call – Drogba

Chelsea's Didier Drogba
Chelsea's Didier Drogba

Matt Law

Didier Drogba claimed it was impossible to turn down the chance to work for Jose Mourinho after his return to Chelsea was confirmed.

The striker has signed a one-year deal as a player, two years after he left the club having scored the Champions League-winning penalty against Bayern Munich.

Mourinho first signed Drogba in 2004 for £24m from Marseille and the Ivorian went on to score 157 goals in eight years at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba has returned on a free transfer after turning down the opportunity to stay at Galatasaray and snubbing offers from Juventus and Major League Soccer clubs in the United States.

"It was an easy decision – I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again," said Drogba (36). "Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me."

Mourinho, who has insisted that Drogba will not have a coaching role at the club this season, said: "He's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe."


Mourinho, meanwhile, has claimed that signing left-back Luke Shaw would have "killed" Chelsea.

Shaw became the most expensive teenager in football after joining Manchester United for £27m from Southampton and signing a four-year contract worth more than £100,000 a week.

Mourinho, instead, signed 28-year-old Filipe Luis for £15.8m from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

"If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead," said Mourinho. "We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing-room.

"Because, when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid – a good player, a fantastic player – the next day the players knock on the club's door and say, 'How is it possible I play for this club 200 games and won this and that; how come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get'?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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