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By ESPN Staff
Nov 25, 2008

Inter boss Mourinho denies Drogba meeting

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho insists he knows nothing about an alleged meeting between sporting director Marco Branca and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Monday.

Reports in Italy suggest Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, as well as Drogba's, were also present at the dinner discussions in a restaurant in Fulham.

However, Mourinho insists he has no plans to bring his former player to the San Siro. ''I don't know where Branca was, I was at dinner at Cernobbio,'' he said. ''I know absolutely nothing about this story.

''I know on the other hand that Drogba is part of the history of Chelsea and, from afar, it seems to me that he is and will be a Chelsea player.''

Although Mourinho claimed to know nothing about the alleged meeting, Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was clearly on edge when asked if Drogba had met Branca.

''I do not sleep with him (Drogba),'' retorted Scolari. ''Where he was last night? I don't know. I am not a policeman for my players.''

But when the Brazilian was asked to clarify if Drogba had been given permission to be in the company of Branca, Scolari's tone worsened.

''Ask Peter Kenyon (chief executive), ask Roman Abramovich, I don't know, I am only the coach.''

Drogba was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer but decided to remain with the Blues.

However, he missed over a month of the season with a knee injury and caused controversy in his comeback match when he threw a coin back at Burnley fans in Chelsea's Carling Cup defeat - earning himself a three-match ban in the process.

Drogba is still serving that suspension in England but can take part in European competitions and is part of the Chelsea squad in Bordeaux.

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