Shenhua’s Drogba not a target, says Lippi

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is not a transfer target for Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, coach Marcello Lippi has said. The Italian told local media there was no substance behind rumours he was planning a raid for Ivory Coast Drogba, who plays for Guangzhou's rivals Shanghai Shenhua.

"I know nothing about Didier Drogba's move," Lippi said. "I have never contacted him myself or via anybody since I took charge of Guangzhou."

According to Chinese media speculation, Lippi has been monitoring Drogba, whose future at Shanghai was thrown into doubt recently due an equity stake row among shareholders. Shenhua chairman Zhu Jun had blogged: "Somebody finally came to make a bid (for Drogba)."

Drogba has scored eight goals in 10 appearances since his shock move to China, while Guangzhou's summer signing Lucas Barrios has disappointed. "I don't know how (the rumours) come," Lippi added. "I am satisfied with my forwards."

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