English Premiership

Ancelotti urges Drogba sale

2012-01-18 11:40
Didier Drogba (AFP)

Johannesburg - Carlo Ancelotti has urged his former club Chelsea to sell Didier Drogba in order to get the most out of fellow striker Fernando Torres.

Torres has not scored since October last year and has very much been in the shadow of Drogba following his £50million move from Liverpool last January.

Ancelotti has since hinted that his successor Andre Villas-Boas should consider life without Drogba at the west London club.

The Ivory Coast international is currently at the African Cup of Nations, which should allow Torres an extended period in the Blues' starting XI.

"I don't judge the work of a colleague," Paris St-Germain manager Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"What I would say is training Chelsea, when the club is in the middle of a major generational change, is complicated.

"Take Torres and the crisis he has lived through there. I now know if you decide to invest strongly in him, you have to sell Drogba."

The Italian tactician admitted he endured a similar situation at AC Milan when new strikers failed to live up to their price tags as long as veteran Filippo Inzaghi remained at the club.

"Didier is like Filippo Inzaghi was at AC Milan. He simply devours any competition," added Ancelotti.

"It's not that he's evil - nor was Inzaghi - it's just the way they are."


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