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Klopas denies rumors linking Drogba, Ballack to Chicago

Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas denied on Thursday that his team is in the running to sign Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, calling a report that linked Chicago with the Ivorian forward “inaccurate.”

“If you’re telling me that I would want Didier Drogba on my team, I’d say that’s accurate,” Klopas said on a conference call with reporters. “But if you’re talking about whatever it is in that story, it’s inaccurate.”

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Klopas praised Drogba as a player, but said that signing the star forward is an unrealistic proposition for Chicago.

“It’s just newspapers putting stuff out there,” he said. “I’m focused on our team now. Would I want a player like Drogba on my team? Yeah. I would want [Lionel] Messi also. I guess those are on the Christmas list.”

Klopas also shot down a Wednesday report that linked the Fire with German legend Michael Ballack. A member of the Fire front office told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday that the rumors linking Chicago with the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder were false.

Chicago currently do not have a Designated Player on the roster, but Klopas didn't rule out the possibility of signing one, saying that the Fire are always looking for “players that can have an impact.”