Shanghai: no lack of ambition for Drogba
Didier Drogba at a press conference in Shanghai
“Money is not everything, I came here for a new experience, a new challenge,” stated the new striker of local club, Shenhua.
With a salary of 15 million Euros per year, the former Chelsea player wants to win titles with his new club.
“I came here to win titles and not to retire,” insisted the captain of Côte d’Ivoire’s national team.
The European champion signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the ambitious Shanghai club on 20 June 2012 and admits that his mission is not going to be a walk in the park. However, he added that the success of the team will require the involvement of everybody.
“I am not Superman. If we want to win, we must be a team and make the effort,” confided Drogba during his press conference.
More motivated than ever, the former Blues striker hopes to recreate a striking partnership with his former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka “to help the team”, thus refuting the possible departure of the French striker that rumours have recently linked to the Saudis of Al Hilal Riyadh, the team coached by Antoine Kambouaré.
“I read in a newspaper that he was waiting for my arrival to announce that he is staying. Well here I am and I don’t think he will leave the team. We played together for four years and I hope to rebuild the same partnership that he and I had at Chelsea,” the new Shenhua star expressed his wishes.
Eagerly anticipated in China, Didier Drogba did not gloss over the responsibility that now lies on his shoulders. And the former Marseille player is intent on crowning what will surely be the last challenge of his career with success.
This will demand heavy involvement in the life of the club, starting with appropriate warm-up training following his very well-deserved vacation.
“I have put on a bit of weight. I really need to get back to training,” admitted the best striker of the century.
Beyond the golden welcome that he received, Drogba has not lost sight of his sports objectives, but he has urged the club’s supporters to be patient.
“Together with Nico (Anelka), Moreno (Giovanni, Columbian midfielder) and Coach Sergio Batista we are going to work hard in order to please our fans. This can take time, it took me two attempts in the finals before I won the Champions League with Chelsea,” reminded the 34-year old Ivoirian striker.