5th June, 2012
Al Wasl Coach, Diego Maradona, has ruled his club out of the race for Didier Drogba, claiming that they simply cannot afford the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League winner.
The UAE club have been linked with the 34-year-old Ivorien, who is out of contract after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season.
However, Drogba is being pursued by Chinese big-spenders, Shanghai Shenhua, who have reportedly tabled a contract worth €230,000 per week, while Spanish champions, Real Madrid, are also in the race.
Speaking to reporters, Maradona said his club simply didn’t have the funds to compete for Drogba’s signature.
“A club with the right finances can attract Drogba. Right now, Al Wasl isn’t in that category. I heard he’s going to China,” Maradona said.
Last week, a club official had said, according to Sport360, that Al Wasl were making a “serious” attempt to lure the Ivory Coast international to Dubai.
Meanwhile, Drogba told reporters in Abidjan early today that he had accomplished the main mission of his football career after winning the UEFA Champions League with the Blues last month against Bayern Munich.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast captain said the trophy put an end to years of endurance and expectation at the London club and crowned the collective efforts of players and coaches.
“Winning the UEFA Champions League is a mission accomplished for me at Chelsea. The club had suffered so long to clinch this title, and each time we got close we had always fallen by the way side,” Drogba said.
“I had to put away from my mind thoughts of the penalty I missed during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, while walking to take the decisive kick at the Allianz Arena in Munich.”