Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admits he feels “at home” at Marseille but stressed he would only return to France with the Blues’ full consent.
The Ivory Coast striker moved to Stamford Bridge in 2004 after spending just one season in Marseille where he was named France’s player of the year.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a mixed career in west London – especially since the departure of former boss Jose Mourinho – and he has been linked with a move away from the Blues on a number of occasions over the past couple of seasons.
Drogba has been hampered by injury this season and in his absence fellow striker Nicolas Anelka has flourished.
Drogba, however, has scored just three goals in all competitions and he was heavily criticised following Chelsea’s capitulation at Manchester United recently.
Now Drogba has refused to rule out a return to the French club at some point in the future.
He told French newspaper La Provence: “It clearly isn’t the moment for me to talk about an eventual return to OM.
“I have a lot of respect for Chelsea and while I am with them, I can’t say anything.
“The most important thing is knowing my attachment to Marseille is still intact. I have always said it.
“If something must come about, and I don’t know under what conditions, OM are going to have to get in contact with Chelsea.
“But be careful, I am not opening the door to an eventual transfer, I am simply explaining the situation.”
The former Guingamp player revealed the depth of his feeling for Marseille, adding: “It’s hard to find the words to express the relationship which exists between the supporters, the Marseillais and myself.
“I still love this club – that will never change whatever happens. I still feel at home here.
“It (the Marseille adventure) is unfinished. The difficulty is knowing if one way or another we can finish (this story), and finally write the last few chapters, which will maybe be the most beautiful.
“Nothing is impossible. I am very well placed to know that.”
Drogba also outlined his frustration with the injury which has disrupted his season but insisted he has fully recovered, saying: “I have not played for two matches and I can’t wait to return to my level and be consistent.
“Since May, I have stopped playing for four to six months. It is difficult but thank God I feel in great shape at the moment. I know what I am capable of.
“The real satisfaction is that (the knee) is completely fine.”