Anelka sees Drogba future in China

Nicolas Anelka believes his old Chelsea colleague Didier Drogba will soon leave the Premier League side to continue his career in China, just as Anelka did in January, according to ESPN.

Anelka is quoted as saying: “It is difficult for me to say much at this time, but I speak with him on a regular basis and I expect him to come to Shanghai. When I left Chelsea I told him we’d play together again soon.

The 32-year-old Anelka left Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour with Andre Villas-Boas, the manager who was sacked earlier this month. In his time at Chelsea Anelka made 185 appearances, finding the net on 59 occasions following his January 2008 switch to Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers.

Anelka moved to Shanghai Shenhua, the ninth transfer of his career. The well-travelled former France international has also played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in England, as well as two spells at Paris Saint-Germain in France, Real Madrid in Spain and Turkey’s Fenerbahce.

Shenhua are coached by Anelka’s compatriot, former Fulham boss Jean Tigana, who took charge of the side in December 2011 following a stint with Bordeaux. Tigana led Fulham for three years between 2000 and 2003.

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