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Monday 11 December 2017

Drogba stays tight-lipped on next club

OUTGOING Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (below) promised an imminent announcement of his "interesting" move to a new club but would not confirm heading for the big-spending Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

"The next step is going to be an interesting one and I think soon I'm going to announce it," Drogba, on his first visit to India for a promotional event, told the moderator of a packed news conference yesterday.

"For now, I'll just ask you to wait a few moments."

Organisers of the news conference would not take questions from reporters on Drogba's move. Shanghai Shenhua coach Sergio Batista has confirmed the Chinese Super League club was negotiating with the prolific 34-year-old Ivory Coast international.

"There is a big possibility he will come (to Shenhua) but it will depend on the hard work the club puts into bringing him here," the former Argentina coach said.

Drogba spoke of his decision to leave Chelsea on a high, having scored the winning penalty in last month's shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Slotting

"I took my decision after the Champions League. I took my time because I didn't want to take a too-quick decision," he said. "It was important for me to achieve what I did in Chelsea. I have been the top scorer twice. Winning the Champions Trophy, winning the Premier League...I won everything and I'm proud."

Drogba looked almost in a trance as he recalled slotting home the decisive penalty in the Champions League final shootout: "Many things came to my head but I tried to stay cool and score for my friend Petr Cech who had been amazing that day, saving three penalties."

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