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Juventus manager Antonio Conte rules out move for former Chelsea man Didier Drogba

Updated: Sunday, 16 Dec 2012 20:10 | Comments

Didier Drogba has failed to settle with his club in Shanghai
Didier Drogba has failed to settle with his club in Shanghai

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has ruled out making an approach for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the transfer window.

A report in the Gazzetta dello Sport today suggested Juve had made "significant progress" with an approach for the Shanghai Shenhua forward and Champions League winner, who could be tempted back to Europe after failing to settle in China.

The Serie A champions have also been linked with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, but Conte insists Juventus are in no financial position to sign "top players".

Following today's 3-0 victory over Atalanta, he told the Corriere dello Sport: "Speaking about the transfer market seems a bit disrespectful to my current players, who have showed great desire and dedication to my ideas over the last year.

"We are just fine keeping our feet on the ground. This is a difficult time given the current economic climate, not just for Juve but for all the other clubs.

"I won't be bringing in any top players because we don't have the means to support them.

"We have to make the most of what we have, we have to work hard and try to improve our current players into top players.

"Some have already got there and some will become great."

Juventus will lead the Serie A table going into the new year as Conte looks to win a second Scudetto in just two years of stewardship in Turin, with the Bianconeri also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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