Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed today that he has signed a contract with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The Ivorian has signed a two and a half year contract worth £200,000 and will join up with former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.
Drogba decided to bow out from Stamford Bridge following the Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich stating it was time to move on to a new challenge.
Drogba issued a statement on Chelseafc.com saying:
“I have considered all 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.
I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.”
Drogba signed for Chelsea for £24 million in 2004 and made 341 appearances in his eight years at Stamford Bridge scoring 157 goals, his goal in the Champions League final being his last.
He also scored in four FA Cup finals including the first at the new Wembley Stadium against Manchester United in 2007 and last season’s final against Liverpool.