Former side looked to bring Stamford Bridge goal machine back to France.
Marseille have revealed they failed in a bid to bring Chelsea star Didier Drogba back to the club this summer.
Club president Jean-Claude Dassier has also admitted coach Didier Deschamps and sporting director Jose Anigo were in disagreement over several potential signings and have only now patched up their working relationship after a difficult summer at Stade Velodrome.
The French champions turned their attentions to former hero Drogba after being knocked back in their quest to sign Sevilla hit-man Luis Fabiano.
However, Chelsea rebuffed their overtures for Drogba, who left Marseille for Stamford Bridge in 2004 in a £24million deal, but Dassier has refused to rule out a future move for the Ivory Coast ace.
“We even tried to bring in Drogba, but this has not been possible,” Dassier told L’Equipe. “We’ll see, you should never give up in life.” (Sky Sports)
Some sources believe that the Ligue 1 champions were so keen to bring back Didier Drogba that they were willing to pay £24m to secure the signing of the 32 year old, which goes some way to show just how keen Marseille were to bring their former hero back to the club.
The French side have not had a good summer and in fighting has seen the club lose the likes of Bakari Kone, Mamadou Niang and Hatem Ben Arfa. As a result Didier Deschamps has seen his side start the new season poorly, with just one win in four games they are already eight points behind leaders Toulouse and fans have been vociferous in their displeasure.
With a Champions League campaign almost upon them a move for the Chelsea striker was a cheeky but ultimately doomed one.