Ex-Chelsea striker Drogba confirms Shanghai Shenhua move

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed he is to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after his contract expired at Stamford Bridge, the BBC has reported.

Drogba said: “I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua is the right move for me at this time.” The 34-year-old will join up with a former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka, who swapped West London for China in January 2012.

The Ivory Coast international signed off his eight years at Chelsea with a dominant performance in the Champions League final, delivering the trophy to the club with a late equalising goal in normal time against Bayern Munich, and then scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout. The 88th minute effort that sent the game to extra-time was Drogba’s 157th in Chelsea colours, having played 342 games.

In his final season at Chelsea Drogba played 35 games and scored 14 goals, as well as featuring six times for his country at the Africa Nations Cup, where he was on target twice as Ivory Coast reached the final of the competition, only to lose on penalties to Zambia.

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