Many fans and pundits were surprised when Jose Mourinho re-signed Didier Drogba from Galatasaray in the summer. Drogba had been a faithful servant to Chelsea Football Club, but his best days were undoubtedly behind him. However, Mourinho found a reserve role for Drogba and signed him anyway.
The Portuguese manager has been repaid for his faith in Drogba, with the Ivorian playing a key role whenever he has started. His goal against Manchester United got Chelsea a valuable point, while he was crucial in their recent 3-0 win over Tottenham. Drogba may no longer be the physical specimen that he was four or five years ago, but he still has the quality to trouble Premier League defenses.
Chelsea are hoping to map out a plan for Drogba’s long term future at the club. Both the manager and the suits in the boardroom want to keep Drogba long after he has retired from playing. It is possible that the Ivorian will be offered a player-coach contract at the end of this season. If Drogba accepts that deal, he will continue to play and coach at Chelsea for a season, before reverting to a full time coaching role.
It is unclear whether Drogba sees himself living in London for the next four or five years, but there is a clear will on Chelsea’s part to keep him at the club. Gianfrancesco Genoso just wants them to sort it out. They value his experience, knowledge and presence in the dressing room.