Didier Drogba heading to China
The Ivory Coast international ended his time at Stamford Bridge with goals to help the side win an FA Cup and Champions League double, but was not offered a new contract at the west London club and left on a Bosman ruling.
As such there has been a scramble for the African hitman’s signature, but Drogba has revealed that he is heading to the Chinese Super League.
“I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time,” Drogba is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League.
“When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans.
“I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa,” he concluded.
Shanghai owner Zhu Jun has also stated his delight at landing Drogba.
“We have been wanting to sign Didier for a while, and are very happy that it has finally happened.
“He is an incredible player, who has won so many trophies in his career, we feel that his experience and ability will be a very valuable asset to our squad.
“Shanghai is one of the most influential cities in the world, and we are very excited to welcome Didier here.”
By Gareth McKnight