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Drogba stays at Chelsea - Kenyon


Drogba talk 'not relevant' - Kenyon

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will not leave Stamford Bridge in January, says club chief executive Peter Kenyon.

Drogba, 30, reportedly met Inter Milan representatives recently, sparking rumours he could join former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at the Italian club.

Kenyon told BBC Sport it was "not relevant" whether the rumours of a meeting were true.

But he added: "Didier's under contract for the next 18 months. He will be going nowhere in January."

Drogba, who has yet to score in the Premier League this season, has been persistently linked with a move from Chelsea since Mourinho's departure last year.

The Ivory Coast striker missed the start of the season with a knee injury and is now serving a three-match ban for throwing a coin back into the crowd during the Carling Cup defeat at Burnley.

Reports of a meeting with Inter sporting director Marco Branca and Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes emerged in the lead-up to Chelsea's Champions League game in Bordeaux last week.

They prompted an angry response from manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who said he did not know if they were true, adding: "I do not sleep with Drogba."

Meanwhile, Drogba would only reiterate that he has a Chelsea contract until 2010, a fact Kenyon was also keen to stress.

"Whether people leave Chelsea is as much down to us as anybody else," he said.

"I don't know whether he did or he didn't (meet Inter representatives).

"But he's a big player for us and we want him back. He's one of those players who can make a difference."

Kenyon added that Chelsea were highly unlikely to carry out any business in the January transfer window.

"We never do because the types of players that we're looking for are normally unavailable in January," he said.

"They're either cup-tied or just not available."

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see also
Scolari backs Drogba in coin row
15 Nov 08 |  Premier League
I stayed for Scolari - Drogba
28 Sep 08 |  African

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