Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident Didier Drogba will take up a non-playing role at Stamford Bridge once he finally decides to stop playing.
The 36-year-old returned to Chelsea for a second spell on a one-year deal during the summer and added his fifth goal of the season as the Blues eased to a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, filling in for the suspended Diego Costa.
"I was expecting exactly this from Didier," Mourinho said after his side maintained their six point lead at the top of the Premier League. The important thing is that he is here and he is going to finish his career with Chelsea. It looks, for me, that he is going to stay [at Chelsea] doing other things when he finishes his career.
"First of all he is a team player. After that he is one of these old days mentality. Not selfish, not vain. A humble guy, who plays for the team, fights for the team.
"It will be his decision when he decides when to stop as a player. It will be something personal."
After extending his remarkable personal record against Tottenham, Drogba was replaced on the hour by Loic Remy, who went on to score Chelsea's third.
After last season's woes up front, Mourinho is now confident his three options can all help deliver a title.
"I didn't want to talk about Diego not playing in this game because I know what I have," Mourinho added. "We have Diego, Drogba and Remy scoring goals. All of them are scoring goals.
"Didier and Remy don't play so many minutes, but when they play they are there and it is important for us. We don't cry because somebody is suspended. We just try to be positive and give confidence to the players who are going to play."