Didier Drogba: Jose Mourinho has unfinished business at Chelsea
Didier Drogba claims that Jose Mourinho has "unfinished business" at Chelsea amid reports linking Portuguese with return to England
Didier Drogba claims that Jose Mourinho has “unfinished business” at Chelsea because he did not lead the Blues to Champions League glory.
The Portuguese coach guided the Blues to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph during his trophy-laden spell in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007.
But Drogba believes Mourinho has not “gotten over” leaving Chelsea because of his failure to guide the west Londoners to European success.
“When he came, he brought success,” said Drogba. “We won league titles back-to-back with some great football and the only thing he didn’t win was the Champions League.
“Maybe that is one of the reasons why he might want to come back. It is unfinished business.
“I don’t think he’s got over Chelsea. [And] they haven’t got over him.”
Drogba’s comments come after fresh speculation suggesting that Mourinho could be in line to take over from interim boss Rafael Benítez at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Mourinho did little to dampen reports linking him with a return to the capital.
He said: “I have big emotional connections with Chelsea. One day I think, naturally, I have to be back in English football, at Chelsea or another club.
“Of course Chelsea is different to the other clubs. Chelsea is in my heart as Inter is, for example. One day I have to go back but again.”
Drogba is set to line up against against his former manager when Mourinho’s Real Madrid host Galatasaray on Wednesday in their Champions League quarter-final.
And Mourinho admits he has an “emotional link” with the Ivorian, who scored the winning penalty against Bayern Munich as Chelsea won their first Champions League crown last season.
“Dider Drogba was a great player for me, a great friend and someone that will stay in my life forever,” said Mourinho. “We created emotional links that go further than football.”