Guangzhou dismiss Drogba link

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Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have rejected speculation they are lining up a move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reports

The 33-year-old Ivorian international has been heavily linked with a move away from west London, and reports suggested he could follow former teammate Nicolas Anelka to Asia.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to oversee a Stamford Bridge clear-out and freshen up an ageing squad.

Anelka is the first high-profile Chelsea departure, but with Drogba's contract set to expire at the end of the season, and so far no new deal agreed, and speculation continues to mount.

However, a statement from Guangzhou insist they have no plans to make a move for the Chelsea hitman, who is currently away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

"We have had no contact with Drogba whatsoever, nor have we authorised anyone to contact him," said a Guangzhou spokeman.

"The recent reports on Drogba are pure speculation, he is not in our plans."

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