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Drogba snubs Europe's big guns to sign mega-money deal in China... but he'll lock horns with Manchester United again soon

Written By Koka Albert on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 3:50 AM

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal.

It means Drogba will come up against Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League side's tour match on July 25.

Drogba had offers from a string of top clubs - believed to include Real Madrid - after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer last month.
Done and dusted: Didier Drogba is his new Shanghai strip
                           Done and dusted: Didier Drogba is his new Shanghai strip
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.
He 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 have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but I feel that Shanghai Shenhua is the right move for me at this time.

'I am looking forward to a new challenge and to experiencing a new culture, and I am excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League. 


'When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans. I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.'
Farewell: Drogba leaves Chelsea as one of the club's legends
                                    Farewell: Drogba leaves Chelsea as one of the club's legends

Drogba, who scored the equaliser and then winning penalty in Chelsea's shootout victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final last month, left Stamford Bridge after his deal ended.
He became a legend during his eight years at the Blues, establishing a reputation as one of Europe's most fearsome strikers.

Drogba scored 157 goals in all competitions for Chelsea, finishing with 100 in 226 league appearances since signing from Marseille for £24million in 2004, one of Jose Mourinho's first major signings for the club.

He had an exceptional record in cup finals, scoring nine goals in nine different finals, including one in this year's FA Cup final victory over Liverpool.
In charge: Sergio Batista is relishing linking up with Drogba
                               In charge: Sergio Batista is relishing linking up with Drogba

Shanghai owner Zhu Jun said: 'We have been wanting to sign Didier for a while, and are very happy that it has finally happened. He is an incredible player, who has won so many trophies in his career, we feel that his experience and ability will be a very valuable asset to our squad.


'Shanghai is one of the most influential cities in the world, and we are very excited to welcome Didier here.'

Shanghai's new manager Sergio Batista said: 'Drogba is a very good soccer player, his outstanding skills and amazing experience will give us motivation to improve our games.


'It is my honour to invite him to join in our team. At last I have to say that the club owner Zhu Jun did his utmost to bring Drogba to Shenhua.'
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