Chelsea re-sign Drogba on one-year contract

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 July, 2014, 10:32pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 July, 2014, 12:32am

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Chelsea have re-signed Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Drogba, 36, spent eight seasons at Stamford Bridge before leaving in 2012 shortly after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

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

It was an easy decision - I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose [Mourinho] again
Didier Drogba

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had said that Drogba’s return to Chelsea was a possibility but any decision to re-sign him would be made in a non-emotional way.

“If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“Because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, we are thinking about the possibility [of a deal]. We feel that Didier belongs to us.

“We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe,” said the Portuguese.

“He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.”

The Ivorian, 36, won 10 trophies at Chelsea from 2004-2012 and was available on a free transfer from Galatasaray.

Drogba joined the Blues from Marseille in 2004 and scored 157 goals in 342 appearances for the London club, including the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.