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Drogba transfer to Chelsea probed in France

Droba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004. Credit: Reuters

The transfer which brought Didier Droga to Chelsea more than ten years ago is being investigated by French police, who are also looking into Samir Nasri's move from the same club to Arsenal in 2008.

Drogba officially joined Chelsea from Marseille for £28.8m in 2004, although it's alleged the French club only received £26.3m for the striker, who has since left and rejoined the Premier League leaders.

Marseille president Vincent Labourne was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the purchase of striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in 2010, with authorities also suspicious over how money was distributed in his move from Toulouse.


Jose Mourinho rules out Chelsea trio

Mourinho takes training at Cobham this morning. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has ruled out Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Diego Costa for Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday evening.

Top goalscorer Costa will again miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

Mourinho is likely to use both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at some stage tomorrow night after revealing that Drogba is not fit enough to play a whole match.

"He's not in conditions to play for 90 minutes," Mourinho explained. "But he's fit to play, starting or not starting, Didier is in much better condition."

Diego Costa set to miss out against Maribor

Costa is struggling to regain fitness for Chelsea. Credit: PA

Diego Costa looks set to miss out on Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday after Jose Mourinho suggested the striker has "no chance" of recovering from injury in time.

The Spanish international sat out Saturday's Premier League victory at Crystal Palace and was unable to take part in training on Monday.

Costa has been struggling with niggling injuries, despite bagging an impressive nine goals in seven league matches this season.


John Terry remembers 'true legend' Attenborough

Chelsea footballer John Terry has described the late actor Richard Attenborough as a "true legend and a real gentleman".

Attenborough was a dedicated fan of the club and Terry says he would "often come over after games and say 'hi' and 'well done' and 'congratulations'."

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