Thursday, November 22, 2012


Ivory coast captain and former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba has had his request to leave Shanghai Shenhua on loan before the opening of the transfer window rejected by FIFA.

With the Chinese Super League season ending this month, the 34-year-old striker had applied for special dispensation to join another club on a temporary basis before the new campaign begins in March 2013.

That led to speculation he would look to rejoin Chelsea, the club he left in the summer after winning the Champions League, in the immediate wake of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking on Wednesday.

Drogba wants to stay fit to prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as the Chinese season has finished.

He asked for permission to move, but has been informed that he is not exempt from international transfer rules. 

 Fifa said in a statement: "We can confirm that the player Didier Drogba submitted a request for authorisation to be registered outside an open registration period for a club on a loan basis.

"Fifa has informed him about the relevant regulations, that players may only be registered during one of the two annual registration periods fixed by the relevant association."

Drogba, who had also been linked with Liverpool, spent eight years at Chelsea after arriving from Marseille in 2004. 

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