Chelsea star Didier Drogba could have been running around in Italy for little Chievo Verona, it has been revealed.

Chievo director of sport Giovanni Sartori admits over his 25 years in charge, he has one transfer regret.

Reflecting on his time with Chievo, Sartori said: "And to think we could have even signed Drogba. It was 2002. He had just arrived at Guingamp. He played little. I went to see him and soon understood what type of player he was.

"But he cost too much for us. We thought long and hard about it and then changed our objective."