Whilst we at the Football Transfer Tavern stood up and applauded Didier Drogba at the BBC’s Sport’s Personality of the Year awards last night, there is someone who isn’t as keen to laud praise on the former Chelsea man.
According to ESPN, Juventus boss Antonio Conte has categorically denied that Drogba will be joining the Italian giants in January despite reports in Italy over the weekend claiming an 18 month contract was basically a done deal.
The Ivorian forward has reacted about as well to life in China as our punters do to beer that is flat and he is fully expected to seal a return back to Europe this January. Drogba is currently training at Cobham with former club Chelsea to ‘keep his fitness levels’ high.
Conte has claimed that due to the current financial climate, Juventus cannot afford to sign any ‘big players’ in January. In fact he claimed that: “Transfer talk seems disrespectful to the players in my team, especially at the current moment. It’s a critical time as far as the economy is concerned and it’s the same for several other teams. We won’t be signing any top players because we’re not in a position to. Neither us, nor other top teams in the Italian league.”
Whilst it is clear the manager feels the 34-year-old striker is a world class player, it remains to be seen if the Old Lady can afford to pay the money Drogba would demand each week. If this is the case, where then would Drogba go?