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Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba Told To Reject Stamford Bridge Return

Former Blues star advised to head to Italy.

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been advised to not make a return to his old stomping ground this summer in favour of a move to Italian champions Juventus when he leaves Galatasaray this summer, the Daily Express reports.

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The big Ivorian striker is out of contract with the Turkish giants in July, and has already been linked with a sensational return to his former side where he previously spent eight successful seasons.

He is to travel out to Brazil next month to captain his country at the World Cup and is expected to make a call over where he will head next after his involvement in the tournament.

Chelsea are keen to offer Drogba a playing role with the view to becoming a coach, but Gala boss and former Manchester City chief Roberto Mancini has urged the striker to pursue a new challenge in Serie A with Antonio Conte’s men.

“If Juventus were to take Drogba, it would be a great signing,” Mancini said.

“He’d be an important reinforcement, very useful, particularly in order to have an assault on the Champions League. Drogba can give you a lot from this point of view.

“I’ve trained Drogba this season and it was a pleasure to do so. He’s a great champion. I can tell you that I was amazed by Drogba – he’s a great person.

“He’s always behaved well with me, from the first minute to until the last. His contribution was never limited to the pitch alone.

“If anyone thinks he is not as motivated as before due to his age, they’re wrong. After all these months I can confirm that he’s decent, driven and humble.

“He can’t play 50 games a year, of course. Time passes for everyone, even him. But even when he’s not 100 per cent, he’s still devastating to opponents.

“He hasn’t played for the last two months, but he’s preparing for the World Cup and I know he is already much better.”

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