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Premier League: Jose Mourinho says Didier Drogba will be offered a role at Chelsea when he retires

Didier Drogba celebrates scoring at Old Trafford
Image: Didier Drogba: Jose Mourinho wants to keep the Ivorian at Chelsea after he retires.

Jose Mourinho has revealed that veteran Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be offered a role with the club when he retires from playing.

Drogba, who was voted the most popular player ever by Chelsea fans in 2012, scored in Wednesday’s emphatic 3-0 over Tottenham.

The 36-year-old is enjoying a successful second spell at the club since returning from a spell with Turkish side Galatasaray.

Mourinho was keen to praise the Ivorian for the impact he has had on the squad since returning and said there will be a role for Drogba at Chelsea after he retires.

"It's remarkable," said Mourinho. "I was expecting exactly this. The important thing is that he's here and he's going to finish his career with Chelsea.

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Jose Mourinho was happy with Chelsea's performance in their 3-0 win over Tottenham, especially as Didier Drogba and Loic Remy scored

"It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career.

"It will be his decision when he decides when to stop as a player. It will be something personal."

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Drogba's most famous Chelsea moment came when he grabbed a dramatic late equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final before scoring the winning penalty after extra-time.

Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 games during his first spell with Chelsea between 2004 and 2012 as the club won 10 trophies and he has added a further five goals this season.

Meanwhile, Mourinho expects Gary Cahill to be fine after the defender was withdrawn at half-time after a clash of heads in the first half against Tottenham.

"No concussion, no need for special care," said Mourinho, who insisted Cahill's withdrawal was precautionary

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