Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba received a warm welcome as he arrived in Istanbul having agreed to join Turkish club Galatasaray in the January transfer window.
The former Chelsea star arrival was delayed by his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, Drogba's hopes of winning the tournament for the first time were scuppered when
Nigeria put the Ivorians out.
stepped off the plane this afternoon and held up a flag with the club
colours and crest printed on it before meeting up with head coach Fatih
34-year-old arrived at Galatasaray's training base, he told Galatasaray
'I've met with the coach, but it’s not the first time we’ve met. He
just remembered me from when Cote d’Ivoire national team played against
I’m really happy to be here for me as
it’s a new challenge, a new part of my life. I will do my best to be
successful for the club.'
Drogba will link up with compatriot Emmanuel Eboue, who joined the Turkish champions from Arsenal in the summer of 2011.
Another former Chelsea striker who took the same path from Stamford Bridge to China has also returned to Europe.
Anelka joined Shenhua in January last year, but decided to transfer to
Italian giants Juventus, making his move to the Serie A champions last
Former Inter Milan playmaker Wesley
Sneijder received a similarly rapturous welcome when he arrived in the
Turkey last month, and Drogba expressed his delight at joining the
Dutchman having left Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.