Chelsea hero Didier Drogba signs with Shanghai Shenhua

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba said on Wednesday that he had formally signed with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

updated: June 20, 2012 17:07 IST
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Shanghai: Chelsea and Ivory Coast idol Didier Drogba on Wednesday sealed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the biggest recruit so far to China's ambitious Super League.

The announcement ends months of speculation about the move, in which the striker will become China's best paid player with weekly pay of 200,000 pounds ($314,000), according to reports, and join ex-Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

"Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua FC for a two-and-a-half year deal (until the end of 2014)," Drogba, 34, said on his website. "I will fly out to join up with the squad in July."

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