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Drogba confirms Shanghai Shenhua switch

ESPN staff
June 20, 2012
Didier Drogba seals China move

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has completed his move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Drogba has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Shenhua that will keep him at the club at 2014, having decided to call time on his career at Stamford Bridge after helping the Premier League side clinch the Champions 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 said. "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 will join up with his new team-mates - including Nicolas Anelka - in July.

Zhu Jun, owner of Shanghai Shenhua, said: "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."

New manager Sergio Batista paid tribute to the club's owner for attracting a player of Drogba's calibre to China.

"Drogba is a very good soccer player, his outstanding skills and amazing experience will give us motivation to improve our games," Batista said. "It is my honour to invite him to join in our team.

"At last I have to say that the club owner Zhu Jun did his utmost to bring Drogba to Shenhua."

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