Nemanja Matic thinks Chelsea have not seen the last of Didier Drogba despite the Stamford Bridge legend leaving the club for a second time this week.

The Ivorian superstar, who played his last game for the Blues on Sunday following a second trophy-laden stint with the club, is headed for a swansong season.

Rumours suggest he could be set for a big-money contract in Major League Soccer, which would see him follow Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in hopping across the pond.

But Matic says he has cherished the time with Drogba, and believes he may one day be back again.

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“I am really proud because I was in the same squad as him and I played in his last Chelsea game,” said the Serbian midfielder. Didier deserves to be a legend of this club and I hope he will come back one day.”

The campaign is still not quite over for the Blues, who have taken a strong squad to Bangkok, where they will kick off a short post-season tour on Saturday against a Thailand All-Stars side.

They then fly on to Australia, to face Sydney FC on Tuesday, before heading all the way back to London for their summer break.

Matic is already looking forward to the next campaign, hoping Chelsea can repeat – and even improve upon – the double trophy haul of this year.

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“I hope that next season we continue to play like this and we will be fresh for the beginning of the pre-season,” he added.

“I am sure we will have a good squad and the most important thing is that most of the players are young and this team can improve.”

Jose Mourinho now has a summer of fine-tuning his squad, with Drogba expected to be joined by Petr Cech and John Obi Mikel on the departures list.

There is a pre-season tour of the USA in late July, before the FA Community Shield at Wembley against Arsenal or Aston Villa on August 2.

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