Soccer: Milan say Drogba is too old for them

Berlusconi says will take two-three years to return to top

Soccer: Milan say Drogba is too old for them

(see related story) Rome, January 3 - AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday deflated speculation that the club would try to sign Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window. "Drogba is 34 and that is out of line (for Milan)," Berlusconi said on Italian radio. Italian media have reported that both Milan and Serie A champions Juventus were targeting the former Chelsea striker, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal reportedly worth around $300,000 per week with the Chinese club in June. The player is said to want to move following reports he is owed wages after a long-running equity row at the club. Berlusconi also dismissed rumours Milan could make a bid for AS Roma's Italy forward Pablo Osvaldo because of his age, even though he is only 26. But he said he would like to see another Roma forward, 21-year-old Mattia Destro, at Milan. Berlusconi conceded that Juventus, who are eight points clear at the top of Serie A, were too good for anyone to catch this season. He added that fans needed to be patient as the squad was in the process of being rebuilt after the sale of their best players, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazil defender Thiago Silva, to Paris St. Germain in the close season and the departure of veterans such as Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf. Milan are seventh in Serie A with 27 points from 18 games after being thumped 4-2 by Roma in their last game before the Christmas break, 17 points behind Juve. "We need two or three years to be a competitive team in Italy and at the world level," said Berlusconi, whose side will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. "But we have to start from a team of young players". He added that Milan were keeping tabs on around 100 promising young players worldwide and he ruled out making a bid for Napoli's Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani. "I'm too old to do crazy things in any field, not even for Cavani," he said.

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