Saturday May 24 2014
Mancini endorses Drogba

Galatasaray Coach Roberto Mancini has given a glowing endorsement of Didier Drogba amid speculation the player will move to Juventus.

The Ivorian said this week that he wants to be playing in the Champions League next term, something he will not do at Gala after they finished third in the Turkish Super Lig.

He has recently been widely linked with a move to the Italian champions, and the Italian tactician believes the former Chelsea man would be a great acquisition for the Old Lady.

“It would be a great signing if Juve were to get Drogba,” Mancini said to Tuttosport. “I have coached Drogba this season and for me it has only been a pleasure to do it.

“He is a great champion. I can tell you I really have been surprised by Drogba. He is an extraordinary person.

“He has always conducted himself well for me, from the first to the last minute. He has been a tower of strength for my team this season.

“He would be a great and important reinforcement for Juve, especially when you consider Juve want to give the Champions League a good go.

“Drogba can offer a lot from this point of view. In Italy he can too, but especially in Europe.

“He is a leader, and for a Coach it is vital to have those types of players.”

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