Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has played down speculation of a possible return for Didier Drogba.
The 37-year-old Monreal Impact star was tipped to re-join the ranks at Stamford Bridge in a non-playing role following the end of the recent MLS campaign.
However, after the 1-0 victory over Arsenal, Hiddink revealed that Drogba will not return at the moment, but the club legend could very well be back in the near future.
“In the short-term, yes (there is no prospect),” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“But in the longer term we talked about players of a big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome.
“There is no time issue on this. I wish him all the best now for one of his last seasons.”
In addition to the revelations made by the Blues manager, his MLS side have also come out to ensure that the striker will be joining the squad for the second part of their training camp on February 15th.
“He will join the team for the second part of training camp, which will take place from February 15 to 28 in St Petersburg, Florida,” the club states.
Drogba is currently staying in shape in Qatar as he prepares for the upcoming Major League Soccer campaign and will eventually join the squad on the aforementioned date.
The former Ivory Coast international made a total of 14 appearances for his side last season, scoring 12 goals while providing another one assist.