Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba kicks the ball during a team training session at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, June 18, 2014 (Photo:Reuters)
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set to rejoin the West Londoners on a one-year deal with the option of a coaching role beyond that, according to widespread English reports.
BBC has reported that Drogba, 36, is currently "considering" a move back to Stamford Bridge and is likely to make a final decision this week.
Meanwhile, the Mirror says that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who signed Drogba in 2004 during his first spell in charge, is confident of luring the Ivorian hitman back to West London as the official announcement of his return is only "days away".
The Ivorian's representatives, however, maintain that a final decision has yet to be made by their client, who is currently a free agent after seeing out his 18-month contract with Turkish side Galatasaray.
Drogba achieved cult status among Chelsea's faithful during his trophy-laden eight-year spell in London, where he netted 157 goals – culminating in the equaliser and the decisive shootout penalty that won them their maiden Champions League title in 2012.
The ex-Marseille striker, who was part of Ivory Coast's World Cup squad in Brazil, had a brief spell at Chinese club Shanghai before heading to Galatasaray in 2013.
Mourinho, who also signed Spain international Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, is understood to be keen on beefing up his frontline after a lack of offensive edge cost him the league title last season.
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