Chelsea have confirmed the re-signing of Didier Drogba on a one-year contract in a move which reunites the Ivorian with Jose Mourinho just two seasons after the striker left Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have already recruited Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £33m but Mourinho but will undoubtedly go out of his way to accommodate Drogba into his plans.
The official announcement came this afternoon at 5pm after mounting speculation.
The 36-year-old’s last touch in a Chelsea shirt was the penalty which gave the Londoners their first and only taste of Champions League glory in 2012.
He scored over 150 goals during an eight-year stay in London before leaving for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer of 2012.
Mourinho, who also couldn’t resist the temptation of returning to Stamford Bridge last year, admitted earlier this week that he would be interested in re-signing the player he brought to English football in 2004.
“We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe,” he said.
“He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way.”
While the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager may insist the move isn’t a nostalgic one, Mourinho couldn’t deny the sentiment felt towards Drogba.