Drogba signs with Shanghia Shenhua

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 20, 2012 22:10 hrs

Football superstar Didier Drogba on Wednesday said he will play for Chinese football club Shanghia Shenhua.

The Ivorian striker confirmed the report and said he has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Chinese club and will join it in July.

"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). I will fly out to join up with the squad in July," Drogba said in his official website.

"I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but I feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time," he said.

"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," he said.

"When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans," he said.

"I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa," said 34-year-old former Chelsea star.

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