London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Striker Didier Drogba has rejoined to Chelsea on a one-year contract, the team confirmed Friday.
“It was an easy decision — I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose [Mourinho] again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me,” said Drogba.
“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,” he added.
The 36-year-old Drogba, who joined Stamford Bridge in 2004, played 342 games for the club, scoring 157 goals before leaving in 2012.
Drogba, 36, initially moved to Stamford Bridge in 2004, scored 157 goals in 342 appearances for the club before departing in 2012. He helped the Blues claim the Champions League for the first time in their history with the winning penalty in the final against Bayern Munich.
After a brief stint with Shanghai Shenhua, he played for Galatasaray but left when his contract expired this summer.
“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,” Mourinho said.
With Drogba’s return, Mourinho now has a more potent offense, which was anemic last season.