Didier Drogba has become on of the latest names to comment on the rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a spectacular return to Stamford Bridge after saying the Portuguese manager would be the ideal man to succeed Rafael Benitez as Chelsea’s manager.
The Ivorian is a Chelsea legend in his own right and has remained close to Mourinho even after the latter departed West London in 2007, so the story is even more intriguing as the Ivorian forward wouldn’t rule out a return to Chelsea to reunite with the self-proclaimed Special One, presumably in a coaching role.
Drogba, now at Galatasaray, spoke ahead of the Turkish club’s match against Mourinho’s Real Madrid side in the Champions League and revealed why he thinks the relationship between Jose and Chelsea is so special:
“I don’t know the other options, but the only man I know is Jose and if there’s a possibility for him to come back I think it would be great for the club.
“And for the fans because everybody loves him there and everybody respects him. We know he’s got something special.
“He creates something that brings all the players together and a special feeling like a family. We are like a family with him.
“We can go to war – we love this expression – we can go to war with him and that’s what makes his team win.”
On the suggestion that he may want to work with Mourinho in future, the 35-year-old said:
“Why not?” Drogba added. “It would be interesting.”
“But for now I’m really happy here and I want to go until the end of this experience and see what I can bring to this club.”
Many Chelsea fans are brimming with excitement to find out who the next manager will be at Stamford Bridge, especially considering the unpopularity of Benitez who holds the position on an interim basis, so the prospect of seeing a coach that was so successful during his first stint is something that is going to tease the fans over the coming months.
Of course there are those that question whether or not it would be wise to bring Mourinho back and other will argue about some of the more negative aspects of his personality, including his notoriety, lack of longevity and the fact he hasn’t shown much of his ability to develop younger players. The last point is particularly prevalent as we currently have the best batch of young players in years and in the next few seasons the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Patrick van Aanholt, Kevin De Bruyne, Tomas Kalas, Josh McEachran and others should be making more impact that other young players have done at the club previously.
But I don’t think there would be many that wouldn’t want to see Drogba return to the club in some sort of capacity, whether it be as a coach or an ambassador. It would be healthy to have more influential football people at the club and it is something that we are currently lacking.