By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Didier Drogba has revealed that he has an agreement to return to Chelsea once he finishes playing and wants it to be as manager.
The 37-year-old striker, who now plays in Canada, is regarded as one of the greatest players in the Blues’ history, scoring 164 goals in two spells at the club.
Speaking about his association with Chelsea, Drogba has claimed that he will take on a role at Stamford Bridge when his playing days have finished.
“I want to give back to the club which has given so much to me,” Drogba told BBC Africa. “I have agreed that with the club directors.
“Why not manager? Why not sporting director, trainer at the academy or maybe an advising role for strikers?”
Drogba famously scored the last-gasp equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich and then converted the penalty that secured the trophy.
The Ivory Coast international secured his fourth Premier League title on returning to the club last season before he joined Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.
However, the champions have failed to replicate that form this season, losing seven of their 13 Premier League matches to leave them rooted 15th in the table.
Drogba has given his support to manager Jose Mourinho, who, as revealed by Football Insider on 9 November, has been given a stay of execution following talks with club chiefs.
“If the club has kept him that means owner Roman Abramovich thinks that he is the right man,” Drogba observed. “I think the players trust him and he is giving his best to change the situation.
“They have quality when it comes to the players, and quality when it comes to the management. This is a club which usually doesn’t have a bad season twice.”