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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Chelsea suffer Italian snub
Edgar Davids in action for Juve
Davids is a stalwart at Juventus
Chelsea have received a double snub after being told Juventus' Edgar Davids and Inter Milan's Christian Vieri are not for sale.

Juve's transfer supremo Luciano Moggi warned Chelsea's new billionaire owner Roman Abramovich that he would not secure Davids if he offered "the moon".

And Inter president Massimo Moratti insisted that Vieri was not for sale.

"We have refused an offer from Chelsea which, I confirm, was made," Moggi said, while presenting Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah as Juve's latest capture.

"If Abramovich offered the moon for him [Davids] we would still not sell him," added Moggi.

The signing of Appiah from Parma after a highly successful year on loan with Brescia, had been seen as an indication that Davids' Juventus days may be numbered.

But Moggi said: "Davids is part of the future of Juve."

Vieri, who turns 30 in two days' time, was top scorer in Serie A last season with 24 goals.

"I met the Chelsea owner but it was just out of courtesy and to try and establish a rapport between my club and his," said Moratti.

"Sure, we talked about players. He asked about our best players, but Vieri is not for sale and the squad remains as it is."

Chelsea have been linked with a string of players since Russian oil baron Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge.

The Premiership club have already had an undisclosed bid for West Ham's Glen Johnsen accepted and it is also understood that Real Madrid's Geremi is a target.


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