Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed how Chelsea tried to sign him back in 2005.
The Ivorian international, who was playing for Ukrainian outfit Metalurh Donetsk at the time, has also played down speculation that he turned down Chelsea due his apparent negative relationship with the then Stamford Bridge star and fellow countryman Didier Drogba.
Toure, speaking to the Daily Express, said of his fellow Ivorian: "I have never had quarrels with Didier, contrary to what some claimed.
"Didier has been my long-time friend.
"He did everything possible for me to join Chelsea in 2005 and we have been close since then. Would your enemy ever want you to work with him in the same place?"
Instead of joining his brother Kolo in the Premier League, Toure decided to join Greek side Olympiakos before transferring to Monaco.
He then went on to play for La Liga giants Barcelona where he became one of the best midfielders in the world and won two La Liga titles and a Champions League medal.
The 30-year-old, who has 78 caps to his name, then moved onto Manchester City for an estimated fee of £24million in July 2010.
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