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Chelsea reunites with star Drogba

AP

Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of the sport’s most theatrical characters with flamboyant Blues manager Jose Mourinho.

The Cote d’Ivoire striker, who was a free agent after stints with China’s Shanghai Shenhua and Turkey’s Galatasaray, signed a season-long deal with the Premier League club.

“It was an easy decision. I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again,” Drogba said. “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.”

With the last kick in his last game with the club in May 2012, Drogba won the Champions League title for Chelsea, scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich. During eight years at Chelsea, Drogba also won three Premier League titles, four F.A. Cups and two League Cups.

Now Mourinho, who was away from Chelsea from 2007-13, is reshaping the team after failing to win a trophy in his first season back at Stamford Bridge.

  • J. Sumi

    This reunion may just seem like a happy ending for a player nearing the end of a storied career, but for all you blues fan’s out there, this could turn out to be one of the most underrated signings of the summer.

    I hate to remind the Chelsea faithful about the disappointment in big money signings of the past, especially strikers. If history does repeat itself and Diego Costa has a less than stellar beginning to the season at, The Bridge, then the legend that is Drogba will undoubtedly be called upon to right the ship.

    Quite frankly, if Costa continues his form from the World Cup, where he went scoreless for Spain in two matches, pressure will surely befall Jose to use Drogba.

    Drogba’s value was evident during the World Cup, where he came on as a substitute during the opening match against Japan. His presence alone was infectious and his teammates responded with two successive goals and the win. Flash forward a few months and imagine Drogba in the same situation, except this time under the lights of Stamford Bridge, a setting he is most familiar with.

    I don’t see Drogba starting a lot of games. But I do see him finishing them. And with Chelsea on the heels of Premier League champions Man. City,the Blues are undoubtedly contenders. Could this be Drogba’s last curtain call? The answer is quite probably yes. But the stage is set for it to be one of his finest performances.