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Scolari hints Drogba will stay on

Didier Drogba
Drogba has been heavily linked with both Inter and AC Milan

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says Didier Drogba is "200%" part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivory Coast striker, 30, has been linked with a move away from the club, with AC Milan and Barcelona reported to be lining up offers.

But in his first media conference in England as Blues boss, Scolari said: "I saw Didier on Monday and I saw him happy. We had a good conversation.

"Is he part of my plans? Yes, 100%. No, 200%. I like him and want him to stay."

On Friday, Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano suggested the Catalans were close to signing the frontman.

And AC Milan technical director Leonardo told BBC Sport on Monday: "It's no secret we're interested in signing a forward and are studying candidates.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
"Drogba is a fine player. We are waiting for the right time to move."

Spanish giants Real Madrid and AC's city rivals Inter Milan are also rumoured to be interested but it has been reported that Chelsea are yet to receive a single offer for Drogba.


News conference: Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari

see also
Lampard wants to stay - Scolari
08 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
AC Milan track Drogba & Adebayor
07 Jul 08 |  Football

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