Drogba: Shanghai move not for money

Didier Drogba insisted a new challenge and not money was the motivating factor for his move to Shanghai Shenhua.

Didier Drogba in New Delhi

The former Chelsea striker was presented by Shanghai today [Saturday] after last month agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract reportedly worth £200,000 a week with the Chinese Super League outfit.

The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international said at his unveiling that the desire for a "big challenge", and not financial reasons, was behind his decision to quit Europe for Asia.

When quizzed on his salary, Drogba said: "It's not really important, the most important thing is I come here to help Chinese football."

He added: "The money's not really what is the most important thing, because everybody knows that I give a lot of my money to my foundation, so really I didn't come here with the idea of making a lot of money

"I know China is a great sports country, so for me it was also a big challenge because it would have been easy for me to stay in Europe and go to another team, another big team, but I want to achieve this challenge so that's why I decided to come here."

Drogba played a key role in last season's Champions League success with Chelsea, while he also won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during eight hugely successful seasons at Stamford Bridge.



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