Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but is believed to have turned down the opportunity to join Juventus instead, Daily Star reports.
The striker is set to leave current club Galatasaray and has been tipped to join Jose Mourinho on a player/coach role in England, but as of now, that doesn’t look likely.
Mourinho recently spoke about his desire to bring the Ivory Coast international back after the Turkish side were knocked out by the Blues.
He said: “As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador, next year, in four or five years, or 10 years, I don’t know.
“But when a person represents so much to a club and the club represents so much to a person, as is the case, I think he has to be welcomed back.”
However, according to sources from Italy, Juventus are monitoring his situation and is rumoured in attempting to lure Drogba to Turin, hoping to give him another chance of challenging for the Champions League next year.
The Italian side could offer him a one-year deal where there is high competition in the attacking role with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, and Mirko Vucinic all vying for a starting berth.