Didier Drogba’s return to Chelsea on a free transfer is arguably the most surprising Premier League acquisition of the summer thus far.
The 36-year-old striker was heavily linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus after deciding to leave Galatasary and many believed he was on the verge of moving to Turin.
On Friday, however, the Blues announced on their official website that the Ivorian had returned on a one-year contract with the possibility of moving into a coaching role after.
Whilst the deal may raise question marks in some quarters due to the recent signing of fellow striker Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho has been quick to acknowledge Drogba’s strengths and believes he still has the qualities to make the team stronger.
He told Chelsea's website: "We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe, still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.
‘I have brought him back because as a player he has certain qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the 11, it is about the different options.
‘When they (players) become older, the point is not to lose quality as a player it is about how they recover from match to match."
The former Marseille striker will he tasked with pushing fellow strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres for a spot in Mourinho’s starting XI.
With the Blues aiming to go out and challenge both domestically and in Europe, quality squad depth will be vitally important and the ability to bring match-winners off the bench is key to success.
In his previous spell Drogba spent eight years at the club, making a total of 341 appearances in all competitions and scoring 157 goals.
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