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Agent claims Scolari agreed Drogba sale to Man City

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Striker Didier Drogba was prepared to move to Manchester City last year only for Chelsea to ultimately veto the deal.

Drogba's agent, Thierno Seydi, revealed that Manchester City and Inter Milan were the interested parties and that an £18 million-plus-player transfer to City had been agreed.

However, Blues owner Roman Abramovich finally refused to allow the Ivory Coast international to move on from Stamford Bridge.

Seydi told L’Observateur: "Since last year, there have been two firm offers: Inter and Manchester City, who offered me a golden deal.

"I was okay, so was Didier, but Chelsea’s directors did say 'no'. They refused a £18 million plus a 30-year-old player.

"It proves how much they trust Didier. And the president (Abramovich) was right to keep Didier because the team are winning again since he’s back in.

"Didier is one of the 10 best-paid players in the world, but humility is part of his personality…I want him to become an African Michel Platini when his career is over, a decision taker."

Seydi also claimed Chelsea decided to part with manager Luiz Felipe Scolari as Drogba had been instrumental in the club's success.

He added: "The fact that he was told to sit on the bench had nothing to do with sport, it was just a problem between two men that couldn’t work together.

"One had to go and Chelsea decided to part ways with Scolari. They literally said that Didier made history at the club, that he could still bring a lot to the team, so they decided to let the coach go and to keep Didier."

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