MOURINHO DISCUSSES DROGBA CHELSEA TRANSFER

Former Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed what he had to do to secure the services of Didier Drogba from Marseille in 2004.

Mourinho has spoken up about what he told Chelsea club owner Roman Abramovic before he could bring the Ivorian striker over to Stamford Bridge: “Pay, and don’t speak”.

The 40 year old was one of Mourinho’s first signings when he first arrived in English football in 2004 and the player went on to dominate the English Premier League for several years, scoring 104 league goals for Chelsea across his two spells at the club.

Mourinho was the mastermind of an amazing back- to-back Premier League title win in 2005 and 2006 and a League cup win also in 2006 as Didier Drogba played a very important role to the Portuguese manager’s instant success in England.

Drogba reportedly broke into tears when it was announced that Mourinho had been relieved of his duties in 2007 – such was the partnership both men had mustered at West London.

The former Ivory Coast international stayed at the Bridge until 2012, leaving the West London outfit for Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final clash against Bayern Munich.

He left having scored 100 Premier League goals for Chelsea, engraving his name in the record books as one of their most prolific strikers of all-time.

The striker however, returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 to reunite with favoured manager Jose Mourinho, with the duo winning another Premier League title together. He played an additional 28 games at the club, scoring just 4 goals.

Didier Drogba then headed for Canada after the latest title success to represent Montreal Impact. He made a total of 33 league appearances, scoring a record breaking 21 goals for the Canadian league outfit.

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