Didier Drogba has branded himself the "luckiest man" in the Champions League after Galatasaray was drawn against Chelsea in the last 16.
The Cote d'Ivoire international - who played more than 340 games for Chelsea in a stellar career for the London club - said he was relishing the prospect of returning to Stamford Bridge for Roberto Mancini's men when the sides lock horns in the new year.
Jose Mourinho said prior to Monday's draw that Drogba deserved the chance to receive a warm ovation from the Blues faithful and Drogba suggested that both legs of the tie would have the feel of a home game.
"What a draw... I'm the luckiest man in this competition," he wrote on his official Instagram account. "In both games I'll be playing home! See you in few months."
Drogba left Chelsea in the summer of 2012 a club hero after scoring in the Champions League final to take the game to penalty kicks before burying the winning shot for the Blues against Bayern Munich.
After spending a short time in China, the Ivorian returned to Europe with a transfer to the Turk Telekom Arena at the start of 2013.
Drogba has been linked in some quarters with a possible move back to Chelsea during the January transfer window, though the striker himself claimed there was "no way" he would leave the Istanbul giants this winter following the crucial win over Juventus.