21st of September 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Didier Drogba claims he is feeling very well in China and intends to remain there for his two-and-a-half-year contract at Shanghai Shenhua.The 34-year-old legendary African striker left Chelsea in the summer of 2012 to join Shanghai.
However, there were reports of financial instability at the club and those raised doubts over Drogba's future and led to suggestions he could return to the Premier League. But the Ivorian striker has told Football Focus he expects to remain in China until the end of his contract and "maybe more" . Didier Drogba has scored five goals in seven games so far for the Chinese Super League club.
"I hope more because I'm really happy here," Drogba said. "I miss the Premier League because it's the best league in the world, but really I don't regret my choice. I just arrived like two months ago so I'm really happy. I am, I'm really happy here so I have no reasons to leave. I don't want to leave here."
Didier Drogba scored 157 goals during his eight years at Chelsea and was instrumental to the London club's first Champions League title last season.
The African striker arrived at Shenhua midway through the Chinese Super League season, eight weeks after ex-Fulham boss Jean Tigana had stepped down as head coach. The side have had a disappointing campaign so far and are ninth in the table with six games remaining.
"I want to stay here, as long as I can win some trophies with my team and make our fans very happy," Drogba added. "It's difficult at the moment, but I know that there's hope and I believe." Drogba also insisted to deny reports he was not being paid by the Chinese club.
He described winning the Champions League with Chelsea as the "best moment of my career". "To be able to win it in that kind of game was perfect and it's something you will never forget," he said. "But you have to carry on in life, so now I am focused on what I can bring to the Chinese league. Hopefully, within a few years, when my contract finishes here, I will be sitting with you and talking about how fantastic it was to win the Asian Champions League."
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