Chelsea Signs Drogba On One-Year Contract

Chelsea Signs Drogba On One-Year Contract

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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Latest reports coming from the United Kingdom suggest that Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba, has returned to Chelsea, two years after leaving Stamford Bridge.

According to, the 36-year-old striker has signed a one-year contract with the Blues after leaving Galatasaray at the end of last season.

Prior to this news, it had been reported that Drogba’s return would involve a coaching role too, but the statement on the club’s website made no mention of this possibility.

Drogba spent eight years at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2012, famously signing off with the winning penalty in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.

* Drogba in Galatasaray's jersey

He scored 157 goals in 341 appearances, winning a total of ten major trophies during his first spell in West London.

Commenting on his return to Chelsea, the former Marseille of France player 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."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho added: "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 in Chelsea colours

Before his 18-month spell with Galatasaray, Drogba had a brief stint in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

Drogba was part of the Ivory Coast’s disappointing 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil, where they were eliminated in the group stage for a third consecutive tournament, but his record of 63 goals in 104 caps is impressive. 

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.