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Shanghai owner statement

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 owner Zhu Jun

Didier Drogba statement

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

I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and 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.

– Didier Drogba

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Didier Drogba to leave Chelsea Football Club

The striker Didier Drogba has confirmed that he is leaving Chelsea Football Club when his contract expires at the end of June.

He said that it was a difficult decision to make but he was proud of what Chelsea had achieved.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club especially Roman, and my team mates, many of whom have become very close friends and will be my friends for life. I would also like to say a very special thank you to the Chelsea fans, who have shown me so much love and support over the years.

I wish the club all the best and continued success for the future - you will always be in my heart”

– DIDIER DROGBA

Drogba, 34, joined Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2004 and scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the club.

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