Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba marks a return to the Premier League after rejoining Chelsea on a one-year contract, the club confirmed on their official website.

The 36-year-old, who was instrumental in helping the Blues win their first Champions League trophy at Munich in 2012, returns to Stamford Bridge after spells with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua and Turkey's Galatasaray.

The statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the return of Didier Drogba. The striker has signed a one-year contract. Drogba of course needs no introduction."

The former Marseille striker was one of Jose Mourinho's signings when the Portuguese tactician was first appointed as manager in 2004.

Drogba won three league titles, four FA cups, two league cups and one Champions League before leaving the west London club at the end of the 2011-12 season.

"It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me," Drogba exclaimed after putting pen to paper.

"My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career."

Chelsea finished third in the league table last season and were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Mourinho had lamented about not having a prolific goal-scorer. The 51-year-old has signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and is now reunited with Drogba for another season.

"He's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he's not protected by history or what he's done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history," the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss explained.