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.”
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.”