Marseille president Pape Diouf has reaffirmed his wish to bring Chelsea forward Didier Drogba back to the south of France. The Ivory Coast striker rose to promience during his time at the Stade Velodrome, earning his £24 million move to Stamford Bridge in summer 2004 after hitting 19 league goals and guiding the club to the UEFA Cup final in his one and only season with the club, scoring against both Liverpool and Newcastle in the process. However, Drogba has struggled for both fitness and form in west London this season, with the Ivorian often benched in favour of Nicolas Anelka by former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. And with Drogba hinting in the past that he would like to return to Marseille one day, the club's president Diouf says he has not given up hope of bringing the powerful forward back sooner rather than later. "We must talk to our supporters in adult language," he told 10 Sport. "They know we do what we say, and vice-versa. To say to them, 'We are going to win the Champions League' or 'Drogba is going to return', I will not allow myself to do it - that would be showing them a lack of respect. "On the other hand, to say to them, 'Like you, I really want Drogba to come back and if there is a possibility of doing it, I will do it', that I can guarantee them. "Each time I see him, I say to him, 'Now Didier, get your bags together and come back here! Even if the possibility is thin, it still exists. "When you look at the economic reality square in the face, it isn't reasonable for a French club. However, you can't exclude thinking of other scenarios, like the boy accepting a pay cut, efforts on our part." CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Sing When You’re Winning Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter
17 February 2009
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