Roman Abramovich chats to Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge
Drogba joined Chelsea for a then club-record £24million in the summer of 2004 from Marseille.
Roman Abramovich had bought Chelsea the year before and signed Drogba to spearhead his team’s title assault under new boss Jose Mourinho.
Drogba has gone on to become a Chelsea legend during two spells at the club, winning three League Cups, four FA Cups, four Premier League titles and the Champions League.
But it wasn’t all plain-sailing for the Ivory Coast striker, who initially struggled at Stamford Bridge amid accusations of cheating.
Didier Drogba celebrates winning the FA Cup with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
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Drogba was left distraight when Mourinho was sacked in 2007, reportedly breaking into tears when he was told the Portuguese boss was leaving the club.
Avram Grant replaced Mourinho as manager and has given insight into the special relationship between the striker and Abramovich.
“In your head there are four monkeys, and three chairs. Let’s find a fourth chair,” Abramovich is said to have told Drogba.
The pair remain close, with Drogba regularly spotted watching Chelsea games in Abramovich’s box at Stamford Bridge.
Avram Grant managed Didier Drogba during the 2007/08 season
And now Ghana boss Grant believes getting inside his players heads has been a key part of the job for him.
“Every job that I’ve had I needed to get into their heads,’ Grant old the MailOnline.
“I said always to the players, even in England when I came, the first thing I want to do is that you understand why we do this. Why if you do this we will win games.
“More than this, why if you are doing this you will maximize your potential. Because the players at Chelsea, if they maximize their potential, are better than the players of other teams.”