Jose Mourinho: Didier Drogba can play 'key role' for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gives out instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2014
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Jose Mourinho insists that Didier Drogba can play a key role for Chelsea this season if the 36-year-old's schedule is sensibly managed.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Didier Drogba can play a key role for the Blues this season.

The 36-year-old spent two years away from Stamford Bridge with Chinese side Shanghai Shenua and Turkish giants Galatasaray before returning to Chelsea this summer.

"He can play a key role, but we have to build the profile of that key role," Mourinho is quoted as saying by London24.

"A key role can be to be there when the team needs a player to be there. For this Didier was always a fantastic example of a team player, of a club man, of a dressing room man.

"A key role is not for sure to play 50 matches in a season or to play every two, three days, 90 minutes of each game. At the age of 36, after so many years of experience he has even better conditions to be a key man."

Reports suggest that Diego Costa is expected to start against Manchester United today, leaving Drogba to settle for a place on the bench.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is interviewed for British televison ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Benfica and Chelsea at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 26, 2012
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