By Alex Stevens
Didier Drogba has laughed off the possibility that he could be headed to Aston Villa.
Speculation swirled on social media on Monday that the Montreal Impact striker could make a sensational move to Villa Park.
Drogba rejected the possibility out of hand when he took to his personal Twitter account on Monday to respond to a “million messages” after training with his MLS club.
Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today ??
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) August 22, 2016
Drogba’s post came shortly after Villa owner Tony Xia was asked on Twitter whether the Championship club were going to sign one of the Premier League greats.
The Chinese businessman made an emphatic response on his personal Twitter account.
@Dr_TonyXia are we signing drogba ???
— Ellis jackson (@Ellisja01158029) August 22, 2016
Come on.It's not the China Villa club(maybe future will) https://t.co/rEn0gVso7W
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 22, 2016
Chelsea legend Drogba, 38, spent nine years at Stamford Bridge in two spells, first representing the club between 2004 and 2012 before rejoining them in the 2014-15 season.
With the London side he played 381 times and scored 164 times, winning a Champions League, four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups in that time.
The striker has also played for Galatasaray, Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and Marseille and in his career has scored 275 times in 635 appearances.
Aston Villa have made a number of signings this summer, spending £36 million on players including Mile Jedinak, Tommy Elphick, James Chester, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola while they continue to search for a striker to join summer recruit Ross McCormack up front.
Goal.com claimed on Thursday afternoon that Villa have tabled a £9million bid for Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost and are in competition with Newcastle to sign the 27-year-old striker.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, MLS giants rule out move for their out-of-favour defender.