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Drogba to leave Chelsea: Money talks and Didier Walks

by Rob Dore | May 22, 2012

The dust has barely settled on Chelsea’s Champions League victory and Didier Drogba has announced he’s off to pastures more profitable.

The Ivorian hit-man says he doesn’t fancy sitting on the bench at the London club. Where he has spent eight years since Jose Mourinho signed him from Marseille for £24m.

Word has reached the Power Tower that the 34-year-old is likely to link up with former team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua in a £250,000-a-week deal.

That’s some serious coin in anyone’s language, working out at about £2,777 for every minute he’s on the pitch.

While the temperamental goal scoring ace could be the answer to Shanghai’s problem, Paddy Power’s HR department won’t be volunteering for a stint out East.

Anelka has not scored since early April and was briefly and disastrously in charge of team affairs when former French great Jean Tigana was ousted.

Shanghai are currently hovering perilously close to the relegation zone having won just two out of their first 10 League games. Help is clearly needed.

Drogba is already being touted as the club’s saviour and shirts with his name on the back are rumoured to be doing a brisk trade.

A move to China is far from certain at this point so those Shanghai fans may be wasting their money on Drogba shirts. At least they’ll be supporting local trade.

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