Didier Drogba could be in line for a return to Olympique Marseille after the French club's president, Pape Diouf, insisted he would do everything he could to bring the 30-year-old striker back to the Stade Velodrome.
Chelsea spent £24m in the summer of 2004 to acquire Drogba from OM, where in his sole season with the club he proved to be a sensation - hitting 19 goals in Ligue and five goals in the Champions League which lead to him being named French player of the year.
His experiences with the Mediterranean club clearly left a mark on the Ivory Coast international and he recently spoke of the possibility of ''finishing his adventure'' with OM.
Drogba's comments came at a time when the striker appeared disaffected with life at Chelsea with his first-team opportunities severely limited under the now sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Despite a change in management at Chelsea with the arrival of Guus Hiddink, Diouf has not given up hope of witnessing Drogba's return to Marseille.
''We must talk to our supporters in adult language,'' Diouf 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!'''
Marseille last month dismissed talk of a move for Drogba, labelling him ''inaccessible'' at the moment.
Diouf appreciates Marseille cannot match the wages the striker earns at Chelsea but believes there could be ways around it.
''Even if the possibility is thin, it still exists,'' Diouf added. ''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.''