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 By PA Sport
Jul 22, 2014

Man City 'deny Didier Drogba interest'

Manchester City have no interest in signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, according to Press Association Sport.

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The Premier League champions have been linked with a surprise move for the veteran Ivory Coast striker after losing Alvaro Negredo to injury for the start of the season.

Negredo is expected to be out for a few months with a broken metatarsal, leaving manager Manuel Pellegrini short of attacking options, but a move for Drogba is not being considered.

Drogba, 36, is available after leaving Galatasaray at the end of last season.

There have also been suggestions Drogba, who left Chelsea after winning the Champions League in 2012, could return to Stamford Bridge on a short-term deal.

Spanish striker Negredo was injured playing in City's preseason friendly against Hearts last Friday, and City are yet to indicate whether they will look for attacking reinforcements.

Earlier in the week Negredo, 28, had attempted to quell speculation over his future by announcing that he was happy at City, following reports linking him with a return to Spain.

Negredo made an immediate impact following his 20 million-pound arrival at the Etihad Stadium last summer, but the last of his 23 goals in the 2013-14 campaign came in January.

He was unable to rediscover his best form in the second half of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury, and that slump cost him a place in Spain's World Cup squad.

"I will be back stronger than ever," Negredo wrote on Instagram of his latest setback. "I will return with a vengeance."

The make-up of City's forward line could be a cause for concern for Pellegrini, with Sergio Aguero having been hampered by muscle injuries throughout 2014 and Stevan Jovetic also suffering an injury-hit first season at the club.

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