Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba paid a visit to Canary Wharf on Wednesday November 25.

The striker, who scored 167 goals for the club, arrived at Jubilee Place more than an hour after his expected arrival time of 1pm to sign copies of his new book, Commitment.

But this didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of Chelsea fans who turned up to meet their hero, who peppered the hall with shouts of “we love you Didier”.

Fan Pete Shillingford has been going to Stamford Bridge since 1962, said: “It’s not only that he was a brilliantly strong footballer, but he was also a great man, with the charity work he has done back in Africa.

“The best memory of him has to be the Champions League in 2012 and his penalty in Munich. He’s one of the best, and I’m old enough to remember Jimmy Greaves playing for us.”

Fellow fan Tom Westford said: “I would like to see him back at Chelsea – it’s not just what he gives you on the pitch, but he is a great example for younger players too.”

Drogba eventually showed up at 1.55pm – 55 minutes after the signing was due to start – but got to work straight away singing copies for his adoring fans.