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Shanghai Shenhua confirm Drogba talks

ESPN staff
May 23, 2012
Didier Drogba has announced he is leaving Chelsea © PA Photos

Shanghai Shenhua have reported that their negotiations with Didier Drogba are right on track, as the striker weighs up the next move in his career.

Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday that Drogba will leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires this summer. His final kick for the club was the match-winning penalty in last Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Drogba has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League club for several months now, and talks have apparently commenced between the two parties.

Shanghai owner Zhu Jun told the Oriental Sports Daily: "As of now, Shenhua's negotiations with Drogba are continuing just as planned."

Nicolas Anelka, Drogba's former strike partner at Chelsea, is the player-manager of Shanghai Shenhua.

Drogba has reportedly ruled out a transfer to another Premier League club, in the face of rumoured interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

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