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AC Milan's Adriano Galliani: I have dreamed of signing Chelsea star Didier Drogba for years

Ex-boss Carlo Ancelotti suggested the Serie A champions should sign the striker, and vice-president admits he has been keen on the Ivorian international for a long time

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has responded to former manager Carlo Ancelotti’s recommendation to raid Chelsea for strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka by saying he has been keen on signing the Ivorian for many years.

The former Milan and Chelsea boss had urged the Serie A champions to get one of the Blues' attackers as a replacement for Antonio Cassano, who recently underwent heart surgery.

However, Galliani insists any move for either of the two players would only be a temporary one, as he waits for the Italian forward to return to action.

Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Ancelotti has suggested we take Anelka or Drogba? Ancelotti understands football. Perhaps we will take them both!

"But seriously it is not certain that we'll take someone in January and, eventually, it would be a loan because I promised to keep a place in the squad for Cassano.

"Anelka is a major player but I have dreamed of signing Drogba ever since he played for Olympique de Marseille."

Speculation of a return to Milan for Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli has also been ruled out by Galliani.

He added: "Right now I think it is impossible for any Italian team to think about Balotelli. He has only sympathy for our colours."

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