Juventus manager Antonio Conte explains transfer interest in Didier Drogba
Juventus have ruled out a move for Didier Drogba. The Serie A giants have been linked to the legendary Chelsea striker since his exit from Stamford Bridge last summer. Juventus manager Antonio Conte was believed to approach the Ivorian striker with a January loan deal, however, he has now confirmed that the club have no intentions of signing in the veteran.
Didier Drogba has been linked with moves to top notch clubs across Europe including Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg and Liverpool. The closes that any club has come to signing Didier Drogba is Real Madrid.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who brought Didier Drogba to Chelsea, was eager to add the forward to his attack. However, the whole saga turned into dust with time. Eventually, Didier Drogba signed up for a big money move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
After a 3-0 over Atalanta, Antonio Conte told reporters that Juventus had decided against bringing the 34-year-old Ivory Coast international to Turin. Antonio Conte further stated that the club is satisfied with its attacking options.
“Speaking about the transfer market seems a bit disrespectful to my current players, who have showed great desire and dedication to my ideas over the last year,” Antonio Conte said in an interview to the Corriere dello Sport.
“We are just fine keeping our feet on the ground. This is a difficult time given the current economic climate, not just for Juve but for all the other clubs.
“I won't be bringing in any top players because we don't have the means to support them.
“We have to make the most of what we have, we have to work hard and try to improve our current players into top players. Some have already got there and some will become great.”
Juventus are top of the Serie A table with a seven-point lead over second placed Inter Milan. They will lead the Serie A table at New Year’s Eve and are favorites to be leaders at the end of the season.