Drogba joins Chinese club

Jun 21, 2012, 09:16 IST | AFP

Chelsea and Ivory Coast idol Didier Drogba yesterday sealed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the biggest recruit so far to China's ambitious Super League

The announcement ends months of speculation about the move, in which the striker will become China’s best paid player with weekly pay of 200,000 pounds ($314,000), according to reports, and join ex-Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Didier Drogba

 “Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua FC for a two-and-a-half year deal (until the end of 2014),” Drogba, 34, said on his website. “I will fly out to join up with the squad in July.”

Shanghai Shenhua posted a picture of Drogba wearing the team’s blue shirt — similar to Chelsea’s — on its website, and confirmed the deal in a brief statement.

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