Lauren (blackjedii) wrote in ontd_football,

Drogba news!!

Didier Drogba is wanted back at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho and could be signed from Galatasaray as a player-coach before the end of the summer transfer window reports the Sunday Mirror.

The Ivorian visited the Blues' training ground at Cobham this week and held private talks with his former mentor Mourinho, who sees Drogba as the perfect role model for several up-and-coming, young Chelsea players.

According to the Sunday Mirror, the Portuguese boss is keen on signing the 35-year-old but is yet to agree terms with his current club, Galatasaray, for whom Drogba signed from Shanghai Shenhua just six months ago.

Should a fee not be agreed with the Turkish giants, it is understood that Drogba would see out the final year of his contract in Istanbul and make his Chelsea return as part of the backroom staff for the 2014/15 season.

However, the forward could forseeably rejoin the Blues by September as a player-coach, in a role similar to that of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United or, previously, former Chelsea colleague Nicholas Anelka in Shanghai.

Regardless, it seems to be only a matter of time before Drogba goes back to west London in some capacity, after Roman Abramovich tried to sign him in January and Mourinho gave the press a glowing report last week.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's preseason tour to East Asia, Mourinho is quoted as saying: "I can use him [Didier Drogba] as a profile to persuade younger players to follow me because he followedme from day one."

Meanwhile, the three-time Premier League title holder and UEFA Champions League winning stalwart himself professed that he hopes to take up some kind of role at Chelsea

a again, sooner or later in his sparkling career.

Asked about a potential second coming, Drogba said: "It would be nice. Not just coaching but to help the club. For Chelsea I gave everything and, of course, they have it back to me. I always feel at home when I go to London."


Drogba to build hospitals
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced he will build five clinics in his homeland Ivory Coast to cater for children and women’s health.

The announcement was made by the secretary of his Didier Drogba Foundation, Guy Roland Tanoh, in Abidjan early this week.

Tanoh said 2.5 billion CFA francs ($5 million) will be invested in the projects, with one facility to be built in each of the five major cities of the West African country namely Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Man, Korhogo and San Pedro.

“The gala held in London helped us raise $ 2 billion CFA francs ($4 million),” Tanoh said. “The other 500 million francs ($1 million) will no longer be a problem to see this project come to reality, which has been Drogba’s greatest heart desire.”

Tanoh also revealed the foundation had given support to orphanages and several structures that address issues relating to underprivileged children.

The Didier Drogba Foundation was founded in 2007 and planned the construction of a £3 million hospital a year later, which is yet to see the light of the day. Tanoh did not clarify whether it would be one of the five new clinics.

However, Drogba's publicists have clarified that the foundation has now decided that rather than build one big hospital that may be difficult for many people to reach, it was more practical to build five clinics spread across the country to ensure that more people have access to the facilities

They also stated that "The first clinic will be in Abidjan on the site of the proposed hospital. Money raised for the project is from all Didier's commercial deals and money raised from charity events in London."

The 35-year-old, who now plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, had said the £3 million meant for the initial hospital project came from his image rights .

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