Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was ready to move to cash-rich Manchester City in January, only for the west Londoners to decide to keep him and ditch Luiz Felipe Scolari instead, according to his agent.
The Ivory Coast front-man has long been linked with moves to both AC Milan and Inter Milan, renewing acquaintances with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
And he had been struggling for both form and fitness at Chelsea this season, with Brazilian chief Scolari reluctant to play more than one striker in his side, with that man often being Nicolas Anelka.
But since the manager's dismissal and Guus Hiddink's arrival as temporary coach, Drogba has regained his appetite at Stamford Bridge, scoring in both of the Blues' recent 1-0 wins against Juventus and Portsmouth.
However his agent, Senegalese Thierno Seydi, has revealed the 30-year-old was on the brink of switching west London for Eastlands during the winter transfer window until, owner, Roman Abramovich vetoed the move. “Since last year, there have been two firm offers: Inter and Manchester City, who offered me a golden deal," Seydi told L’Observateur. “I was okay, so was Didier, but Chelsea’s directors did say 'no'. They refused a €20 million transfer plus a 30-year-old player. “It proves how much they trust Didier. And the president [Abramovich] was right to keep Didier because the team are winning again since he’s back in. “Didier is one of the 10 best-paid players in the world, but humility is part of his personality. I want him to become an African Michel Platini when his career is over, a decision taker.” “The fact that he was told to sit on the bench had nothing to do with sport, it was just a problem between two men that couldn’t work together. “One had to go and Chelsea decided to part ways with Scolari. They literally said that Didier made history at the club, that he could still bring a lot to the team, so they decided to let the coach go and to keep Didier.”
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