Former Chelsea Hero set to stay in China despite unrest

Didier Drogba has quelled yet more speculation over his future at Chinese Club Shanghai Shenua by stating that he is set to remain at the outfit even after missing the weekend’s fixture against Changchun Yatai.

Since leaving Chelsea this summer, the Ivorian striker has been dogged by rumours of unrest and a potential return to the Premier League or even a reunion with his “father” Jose Mourinho at giant Real Madrid due to reports of unpaid wages and instability at the Chinese club.

Despite claims of injuries it seems that the omission of several high profile Shenua players – including Drogba and fellow former Blues forward Anelka – was down to yet more turmoil at the club as rumours over the withdrawal of funds from chairman Zuh Jun due to his demands for more control at the club with International Channel Shanghai reporting the striker was set to depart causing Jun to confess he was “confused” with the situation .

The unrest was quickly rebuffed by the chairman who stated “Regarding the truth of the message left by the ICS journalist, we will investigate it,” blaming the rumours on the fact the reporter in question was a “friend” of Drogba’s and pointing to the fact Chinese publications backtracked over the claims and by Monday morning Orient Sport Daily quoted Drogba as saying he had “no intention of leaving China,” with both Drogba and Anelka expected to feature in the league game against Dalian Aerbin this Saturday.