Andriy Shevchenko may make surprise return to Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko is being lined up as a possible member of Chelsea’s backroom staff.

The recently retired Ukrainian has spent considerable time at the club’s Cobham training base as he works towards qualifying for his coaching badges.

Owner Roman Abramovich has held talks with the 36-year-old about a possible role at Stamford Bridge.

The Russian is close to Shevchenko and sanctioned his £31million transfer in 2006.

Shevchenko never came close to his AC Milan form in a Chelsea shirt and left the club on loan to the Italian giants in 2008.

Shevy scored only 16 goals in his 70 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, a record he won’t be proud of.

Chelsea have a habit of bringing back former players to play coaching or managerial roles.

Former player Bolo Zenden recently joined the club as an assistant to new manager Rafael Benitez.

Eddie Newton and Benitez’s predecessor Roberto Di Matteo were also former Chelsea players before they rejoined in a staff capacity.

Shevchenko is an experienced footballer, and has worked with many great coaches. I don’t see how his appointment can do any harm. Would anyone oppose his appointment?

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