Drogba to join Anelka in China?

2012-02-16 21:36
Nicolas Anelka (AP)

Shanghai - Nicolas Anelka marked his official arrival at Shanghai Shenhua on Thursday by revealing he could soon be joined at the ambitious Chinese club by former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.

Drogba's contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season and sections of the British media have reported that Shenhua is ready to pay the 33-year-old striker a weekly salary of £270 000 to lure him to China.

Anelka did little to scotch the speculation regarding Drogba's future.

"I don't want to say too much, but I expect Drogba to come," the former France striker said at his presentation.

With money seemingly no object for Shenhua, there could be a steady flow of high-profile players to the team currently coached by ex-France midfielder Jean Tigana.

Signing a big name such as Anelka "will start a new age" in Chinese football, according to club director Zhou Jun.

"We have a world-class football star serving in active duty (in) Chinese football," Zhou said.

"Anelka's arrival will not only enhance the level in the competition, but will also help smooth the concerns of the European mainstream media about Chinese football."

Anelka will look to improve the fortunes of Shenhua, who finished 11th in the 16-team Chinese league last season.

"I am very happy to finally arrive in China and especially arriving to Shanghai," the former Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City striker said. "I still haven't had any time to explore the city, but I heard it's an extraordinary city."

Read more on:    nicolas anelka  |  didier drogba

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.