Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is set to sign a one-year deal with Chelsea.Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed that he is close re-signing Didier Drogba and wants the legend back at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Mirror, former Galatasaray striker is set to ink a one-year deal within 48 hours with the Blues.

Drogba spent eight years with Chelsea before signing with Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League. After a short stint in China, Drogba spent the last 18 months with Turkish giants Galatasaray, scoring 15 goals in 35 appearances.

Mourinho has recently signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid but the Chelsea boss believes that Drogba can play a crucial role in the upcoming English Premier League season for the Blues.

"We think about it," Mourinho revealed. "We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe.

"He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way. If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no.

"If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the eleven. It is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility."

During his eight-year stay with the Blues, Drogba racked up 157 goals in 341 matches and played a vital role in Chelsea's Champions League triumph in 2012.

In the final, he scored the decisive penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich and was named the club's greatest ever player in 2012.

The Ivory Coast international has recently parted ways with Gakatasaray and is currently a free agent.

"With Didier's profile, being a squad player I think could be important for any team," the Chelsea boss said. "And because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, and because our boss has this big feeling towards him, we are thinking about the possibility.

"[Chelsea owner] Mr Abramovich does not speak a lot and does not speak at all to you [the media]. But as you can imagine, he is very intelligent and he feels that people belong to the club. We feel that Didier belongs to us."