Chelsea FC have rebuffed enquiries from both Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid regarding the availability of Stamford Bridge front man Didier Drogba. The Ivorian has been linked with a move away this season although Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay claims the 33 year old is the mainstay of Chelsea’s team.
Whilst no bids have been made by Tottenham or Real Madrid they have enquired about his availability with the Chelsea hierarchy discarding them immediately, practically stating that their main hitman is not for sale. This will open the debate regarding Fernando Torres’ role next season with the out of form striker not doing very well at all since arriving from Liverpool.
Conspiracy theorists could also claim that Chelsea may use Drogba as a tool to snatch Tottenham’s Luka Modric for which the Stamford Bridge club apparently had a £22m offer turned away. Although unlikely, the issue does remain that Abramovich has paid £50m for a striker struggling to find form and it will be difficult for any football manager to keep both happy at the same time, especially seeing as Chelsea perform best in a 4-3-3 system.
With Chelsea very much looking adamant that Drogba is not for sale, Tottenham and Real will have to look elsewhere but with both Drogba and Torres in the squad it will provide a tough challenge for Chelsea’s new manager when eventually unveiled.