Chelsea legend Drogba open to Premier League return

The Ivorian, who has been linked with returning to Stamford Bridge as an attacking coach, believes he could still shine in England's top flight at the age of 36

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba has revealed he is open to the possibility of a return to the Premier League at the age of 36.

Drogba, who left Chelsea in the summer of 2012 having scored the penalty which won the Blues' first Champions League trophy, has been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge.

Several reports suggested the Ivorian could rejoin his former club as a coach, but the striker - whose contract with Galatasaray expires in the summer - believes he can still shine on the pitch.

15/2 Didier Drogba is 15/2 with Bet365 to score the first goal against Chelsea on Wednesday

"I’m here and playing," he told reporters. "My contract ends this summer, then I will decide what's best.

"It’s impossible to stop time but it's possible with your intelligence on the pitch and with your experience to play at a high level even for two or three more years.

"Put me in the Premier League and give me a few months. I feel young. I still feel like a kid running after the ball."

Drogba will lead the line for Galatasaray when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday, and admits returning to his former club will be emotional.

"It’s nice to play against your old team, but when you are emotional, like me, it’s going to be difficult," he told reporters. "I have to be professional and respect the shirt I am wearing."

The fixture will also be a chance for Drogba to catch up with the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho having returned to Chelsea from Real Madrid last year.

"I took a risk to go and play for Jose when I left Marseille," he continued. "Three years before that I was in the second division. This guy comes and says: 'You have to come with me. You are a good player, but if you want to be the best like Thierry Henry then you have to come and play for me'.

"I first saw Jose at a Porto-Marseille game six or seven months before that. In the tunnel, he slapped me on the back and said: 'Do you have some brothers who play like you?' I said: 'There’s a lot in Africa who are better than me'."