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Drogba signs for Shanghai Shenhua

posted 20 Jun 2012, 03:51 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 03:52 ]

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

LONDON, UK (DECEMBER 19, 2012) (REUTERS - Didier Drogba confirmed on Wednesday (June 20) that he has signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The two-and-a-half year deal will see him at the club until the end of 2014. The Ivory Coast international will fly out to join the squad in July.

Drogba said: "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.

"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.

Drogba announced he was leaving Chelsea after scoring the equaliser and penalty that saw them win the Champions League against Bayern Munich, the culmination of owner Roman Abramovich's dream.

The win was the climax of nine years at the club, in which he also helped them win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. He scored 228 goals in 518 appearances.

His exploits as captain of the Ivory Coast have also made him the most high-profile footballer in Africa. He has twice won the African footballer of the Year award. His Didier Drogba Foundation is building a hospital in his home town of Abidjan.