In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will co-host the Ballon d’Or ceremony in December, ex-Blues manager Jose Mourinho is being linked with a return to Real Madrid and Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount respond to unusual questions on Football Focus Honesty Cards.
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Drogba to co-host and present Ballon d’Or
Goal.com reports Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been chosen as France Football’s Ballon d’Or ambassador and will co-host the award ceremony later this year.
In addition to his hosting duties, the former Blues striker will also present the trophy to the winner of the annual award in Paris on 2 December.
‘I feel honoured to present this prestigious award. I see it as an acknowledgement of my career and its exemplarity,’ said the 41-year-old in a statement.
Although Drogba never won the award, he was nominated eight times between 2004 and 2012, and finished fourth in 2007.
‘I would have liked to do better but this fourth place is a great reward,’ he added.
Mourinho linked with Madrid return
According to the Sun, Jose Mourinho could be headed back to Real Madrid for a second spell, six years after he left the Spanish club to return to Chelsea.
The report indicates Real president Florentino Perez could turn to Mourinho if the club parts company with Zinedine Zidane, who is under pressure after a 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
‘Perez has long made it clear that he regrets his decision to allow Mourinho to leave after three seasons in which his battles with Barcelona turned La Liga into a war-ground,’ states the report.
‘But the Real chief has retained relationships with Mourinho and his entourage and is believed to feel the Portuguese is the only man who can get the club back on an even keel.’
Mourinho was reportedly ousted in 2013 after a dressing room uprising led by Sergio Ramos.
‘Ramos was one of the key dressing room figures who turned against Mourinho during his final term at the Bernabeu, alongside Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe,’ adds the report.
‘The Spain central defender, though, is the only one left at the club, and his absence in Paris - the consequence of the extra game ban he picked up for boasting about a deliberate yellow card in the first leg versus Ajax last term - ensured he took some of the flak for a defeat of which he was not a part of.
‘The “Special One” has not hidden his desire to get back into management, despite his engagement by Sky Sports as a Premier League pundit.
‘And with Zidane seemingly running out of ideas and faith, one more defeat could see the former Chelsea and Inter boss back in the Real dugout.’
Abraham and Mount play Honesty Cards
Tammy Abraham was made to explain his reason for wearing sliders and socks together when he appeared with Mason Mount on a light-hearted segment on the BBC’s Football Focus.
The pair were responding to offbeat questions during the Honesty Cards segment when Mount picked out a card which read: ‘Why are sliders and socks a thing?’
Clearly tickled, the midfielder pointed down to Abraham’s feet to show the striker wearing both offending items.
Abraham was unembarrassed though as he responded: ‘Sliders are comfortable and I don’t like exposing my toes when it’s cold.’
Meanwhile, Mount revealed his liking for a costumed superhero when asked who he would like to trade lives with for a day.
‘Does it have to be human? Well it could be like Spiderman, could you imagine that?’ he responded.
Asked about the weirdest thing a team-mate has done at his house, Abraham revealed how Trevoh Chalobah had once fallen asleep on his floor.
‘I looked over and he’s on the floor sleeping - while still on the phone,’ he said.