Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been praising Jose Murinho for helping develop his career, ESPN understands.
The Blues boss made the Ivory Coast international one of his first signings during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, and together they won two League Cup, and FA Cup and two Premier League titles.
The 35 year old has said that even after Mourinho left the club in 2007, the winning mentality which he created remained – something that was reflected by the clubs ability to continue clinching major titles, not least the Champions League, in which Drogba netted the decisive penalty in the shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in May 2012.
Drogba will face Chelsea for the first time since leaving the club eighteen months ago as his current side Galatasaray were drawn against his former employers in the last sixteen of Europe’s top club competition.
Meanwhile, the club’s chances of signing Sami Khedira appear to have ended after the Germany international signed a new deal with Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star.
The 26 year old, who is likely to be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, has extended his contract at the Bernabeu by a further three years.
Real Madrid are considering a swap deal involving Sami Khedira and Ramires, the Daily Star understands.
Khedira, who was a target of Manchester United and Arsenal in the summer, is said to be unhappy at the Bernabau despite starting nine of the eleven league games they have played under former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti so far this season.
Ramires, who moved to Stamford Bridge in August 2010, has played every minute of Chelsea’s league campaign so far and insists that he is happy at the club.
Meanwhile, the club have completed the signing of Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, according to the Mirror.
The 18 year old attacking midfielder impressed with the club on the pre-season tours of both Indonesia and Malaysia, and had been waiting to obtain a work permit in order to put pen to paper on a deal with the club.
Traore has committed himself to the Blues until 2018.
Elsewhere, the draw for the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup has been made.
Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to either Sunderland or Southampton in the week commencing December 16th, depending who wins in the rearranged fourth round clash at the Stadium of Light next Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho expects club legend Didier Drogba to one day return to the club possibly in a coaching capacity, ESPN understands.
The Blues boss brought the Ivory Coast international to Stamford Bridge back in 2004, with the striker going on to score 157 goals in 341 appearances, as well as the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Drogba now plies his trade with Galatasaray, having spent a short spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua.
The 35 year old has one year left on his contract in Turkey but Mourinho believes that Chelsea will always be his true home, and has tipped him to return before too long.
Meanwhile, the club are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, the Metro understands.
The Spanish giants are looking to raise funds as they prepare a fresh bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, and the Blues could take advantage by making a move for the Germany international.
Khedira is also likely to fall down the pecking order at the Bernabeu following the arrivals of Spanish duo Asier Illarramendi and Isco.
Finally, TalkSport have claimed that Napoli and Inter Milan have joined Benfica in the race to take Brazilian defender Wallace on loan.
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Chelsea came from behind to take all three points at Aston Villa, and all but secure Champions League football for next season.
The win means only a combination a huge loss for the Blues and an equally emphatic victory for Tottenham Hotspur would halt Chelsea’s progress, whilst Arsenal would also need to win their final two games.
Saturday’s game saw Frank Lampard overtake Bobby Tambling’s goal scoring record of 202 goals for the club.
Christian Benteke gave Paul Lambert’s men a first half lead before Lampard levelled just past the hour mark, and the veteran midfielder had the final say when he rounded off an impressive move to give his side all three points, and rewrite the record books.
The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evenings Europa League final against Benfica in Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, David Luiz has told the Metro that Wayne Rooney would be welcome at Stamford Bridge.
The England international has handed in a transfer request at Manchester United; something which has been confirmed by outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to take German international midfielder Sami Khedira with him to Stamford Bridge in the summer, should he return as manager.