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Orient attraction as Drogba signs up at Shenhua

06-21-2012 05:27 BJT

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SHANGHAI, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's striker Didier Drogba on Wednesday confirmed that he has joined China's topflight soccer club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year contract.

"I studied all the offers I've received in recent weeks and I feel that going to Shanghai Shenhua is the right direction for me now. I'm looking forward to this new challenge, to discover a new culture and I am very enthusiastic about the development of the Chinese football league," the Chelsea striker said on his website.

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, seen here in New Delhi, said that an
announcement on his future was due shortly as he side-stepped questions
about whether it lay with China's Shanghai Shenhua.

He added that he will join the team in China's financial hub next month.

Drogba, 34, will pair up with his former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka in the attacking line for Shanghai Shenhua.

No details were given on Shanghai's offer, but it's rumored that the club will pay as much as 15 million U.S. dollars per year.

Drogba capped his Chelsea career by scoring the equalizer and then the penalty shootout winner in Chelsea's win over Bayern Munich in last month's European Champions League final.

Prior to his nine years at Chelsea, he had spells at French clubs LeMans, Guingamp and Marseille.

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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