Marseille launched an audacious summer bid to sign Didier Drogba, it has been revealed.
The Chelsea star transferred to Stamford Bridge from the French club for £24 million in 2004 and is held in high regard by the Stade Vélodrome faithful.
But Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier came up short in his bid to secure a return for the Ivorian hero, as Chelsea rebuffed the attempts of Les Phoceens.
"We tried to bring in Drogba, but this has not been possible," said Dassier.
"We'll see, you should never give up in life."
Drogba, 32, has grown into a Premier League superstar since his move to England six years ago, picking up numerous personal accolades and trophies along the way.
Last season his 27 goals in the League saw him win the Golden Boot as Chelsea secured a historic Premier League and FA Cup double.