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Didier Drogba comes to India, tight-lipped on Shanghai transfer deal

posted 17 Jun 2012, 06:52 by Mpelembe Admin

Star soccer player Didier Drogba on his maiden visit to India is accompanied by surging questions over his future and the possible move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but the Ivorian striker remains mum with the promise of soon making an announcement.

NEW DELHI, INDIA (JUNE 17, 2012)  (ANI) - Ivorian striker Didier Drogba on his maiden visit to India seems to have been accompanied by surging questions over his future and the possible move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

On this score, in the course of a lively interaction with the mediapersons in New Delhi on Sunday (June 17), the star footballer remained mum with an assurance of making an announcement at the earliest.

Drogba led Chelsea to their first Champions League triumph as they beat German soccer giants Bayern Munich on penalties to win the final at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The Ivorian cancelled out Thomas Mueller's 83rd minute strike with just two minutes of normal time and took the game into penalties.

Drogba then drilled the final kick of the match past Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to end a long wait for Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to lift the Champions League trophy.

Impressed by the soaring heat in New Delhi, which he preferred to the freezing temperatures in London or elsewhere in Europe, Drogba said that his heart is blue and the next step is going to be very interesting.

"It was difficult for me to leave that team (Chelsea) because my heart is blue and everybody knows that I love the fans. We build a special relationship there with the club, with the owner, with the fans and we managed to make Chelsea football club to become a brand all around the world and the next step is going to be a very interesting one and I think soon I am going to announce it, everybody is going to know but for now I just ask you to wait few moments," said Drogba.

During his eight years in London Drogba had won every title and after the win in Munich and failure to reach agreement with the club over a new contract he decided to leave Stamford Bridge.

"I took my decision after the Champions League, I took my team because I did not want to take any quick decision. But it was important for me to achieve what I did in Chelsea, being top scorer twice, scoring a lot of goals for the club, winning the Champions League, winning the Premier League. I won everything there so I am proud and sometimes I think its good to go at the right time and I think it was the right time," Drogba added.

The striker also acknowledged the contributions of Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo for guiding the team to the Champions League title after taking over mid-season from Portuguese manager Andre Villa-Boas.

Reliving that glorious night in Munich, the 34-year-old said that the night was scripted like any famous Alfred Hitchcock movie and he wanted to win the title for his friend and team goalkeeper Peter Cech, who had stopped three spot kicks in the shootout, including that of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"It was like a dream, the scenario; it was like a Hitchcock movie with a lot of different emotions, disappointed, sad and then few minutes later happy that we equalised and then went into the penalty kick (shootout). It's like a lottery but when I had the chance to score the winning goal I went through different emotions, the time I walked to the penalty sport many things came in my head but I tried to stay cool and relaxed and score for my friend Peter Cech, who was amazing that day saving three penalties," Drogba said.

Drogba joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2004 and his menacing physicality was ideally suited to the fast-paced hubbub of the Premier League.

In addition to the Champions League, he also won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups in a glittering career at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba scored 157 times in 341 appearances, making him the club's fourth all-time leading scorer, while his 34 European goals are a Chelsea record.