Juventus not chasing Drogba

Updated: Dec 22, 2012, 16:03 PM IST

Rome: Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta has dismissed reports that the Serie A football giants have signed a deal with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Local media reported that a deal between the Bianconeri and the former Chelsea man were done, but Marotta confirmed that those stories were fabricated, reports Xinhua.

"Drogba? No, we haven`t made any contact," he told Sky Sport Italia. "He would not be available anyway because of the African Cup of Nations.

"I don`t know how people haven`t realised this. Lucio has recently left the club and Giorgio Chiellini is injured, so we will be searching for a player to fill the central defender role," he said.