Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Arsenal

Sunday, 05 October 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Sporting 0 - 1 Chelsea

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Drogba back at the Bridge

Chelsea have announced the re-signing of legendary striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract.

Last Updated: 25/07/14 at 20:30 Post Comment

Didier Drogba: Striker has been given a one-year deal by Chelsea

Didier Drogba: Striker has been given a one-year deal by Chelsea

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Drogba left Chelsea on a dramatic high in 2012, scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out which clinched the UEFA Champions League title against Bayern Munich, the crowning moment of an eight-year stay with the Blues.

The 36-year-old joined Shanghai and then Galatasaray, but once his contract with the Turkish side ended and he became a free agent he was linked with a return to Stamford Bridge and Italian champions Juventus.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - who first signed Drogba for the Blues from Marseille in a £24m deal in 2004 - insists sentimentality had nothing to do with his decision to bring the Ivory Coast striker back to West London. 

Mourinho told the club’s website: “He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe.

"I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.”

Drogba said: "It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again.

"Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

“My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.”

Drogba was named Chelsea's greatest ever player in a poll of fans in 2012. Only Frank Lampard (211), Bobby Tambling (202) and Kerry Dixon (192) have scored more goals for the club.

He scored 157 goals in 341 games in his first spell, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups as well as the Champions League triumph.

He was named Chelsea's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year and has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.

Drogba scored nine goals in nine cup finals for the Blues and his 34 goals in European competitions is a Chelsea record.

He played against Chelsea for Galatasaray in the Champions League last season, and was given a rousing reception by Blues supporters.

An Ivory Coast great, he played in all three of his country's matches at the World Cup in Brazil, leaving him with 104 caps and 64 international goals to his name.

Just play him against Arsenal and in cup finals please Jose.
- blankspace

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ndros f***ing Townsend, really Roy? ...was also by first thought. Followed closely by where have all the defenders gone? , and Jesus, that midfield looks weak .

al4monkey
England call-up for Clyne

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: No Sturridge rift with Liverpool, says England boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists there is no dispute with Liverpool after omitting striker Daniel Sturridge from the England squad.

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Premier League: Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge discussing new contract

Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool are in talks with forward Daniel Sturridge over a new contract.

Mail Box

Again, It's Football365 Being Racist...

'The worst piece of ill-informed PC garbage that I've ever read on the interweb' - that's Nick Miller's Rooney Rule column. The rest of the Mailbox is more fun...

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property