''IT IS TIME TO MAKE MONEY'' DIDIER DROGBA SIGNS FOR SHANGHAI SHENHUA
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal.
He will team up again at Shanghai with ex-Blues colleague Nicolas Anelka.
Drogba had offers from a string of top
clubs - believed to include Real Madrid - after leaving Chelsea on a
free transfer last month.
But he has decided to head to the Far East to see out his career at the same club as former team-mate Nicolas Anelka.
The 34-year-old is expected to earn around £200,000 per week at his new club.
The 34 years old Ivorian said: 'Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club
Shanghai Shenhua for a two and a half year deal. I will fly out to join
up with the squad in July.
"I considered all the offers I have received in the
past few weeks, but feel Shanghai Shenhua is the right move for me at
Drogba joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille for twenty four million in the summer of 2004,
becoming one of Jose Mourinho's first signings.
He helped the Blues to win three Premier League titles,
four FA Cups and two League Cups during his eight-year spell. In that
time he climbed to fourth on the list of Chelsea's all-time goalscorers
with 157 and is also the club's leading scorer in European competition
with 34. However, he decided to leave the Premier League club after
their Champions League triumph.