Drogba was a Premier League champion with the Blues last season, but since his departure at the end of the season—Drogba moved to Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact—the reigning champions have struggled.
They have already lost seven matches this season, and their loss to Stoke City at the weekend ensured that the Pensioners head into the international break in 16th place in the table. Jose Mourinho’s side have won only three league games and sit a whopping 15 points off leaders Manchester City.
According to The Sun, several elements within the Chelsea squad believe that the absence of Drogba is a factor in the club’s decline due to the role he played in the dressing room and the unity he brought to an disparate group.
The 37-year-old has come to the end of his first season in MLS and, as such, a return move to Europe—specifically to Bologna—has been mooted [Corriere dello Sport via the Daily Mail].
However, according to this source [as per The Sun], some of Chelsea’s players would be particularly keen to see Drogba return to Stamford Bridge.
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“Didier was always the man who kept spirits up,” the source began. “He can speak three or four languages and was on great terms with pretty much every different nationality in the whole squad.
“He was the one who used to post pictures of the players together on Instagram. He bought the gold rings for his team-mates to commemorate the Champions League win in 2012.
“A few players have spoken about how they miss him and it would be great if he could come back to train and reignite the old spark.”