By Goal.com

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

After winning the Champions League with Chelsea last season, Drogba decided leave Stamford Bridge and pursue a new challenge, away from the Premier League. Drogba, 34, will join up with former team mate Nicholas Anelka in Asia, where it is reported that he will earn up to 25 million pounds throughout the duration of his contract.

"I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time," the Ivory Coast captain said. "I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League.

"When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans. I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa."

Shanghai's cheif investor Zhu Jun also expressed his excitement over Drogbas imminent arrival. "We have been wanting to sign Didier for a while, and are very happy that it has finally happened," the video game guru said.

"He is an incredible player, who has won so many trophies in his career, we feel that his experience and ability will be a very valuable asset to our squad. Shanghai is one of the most influential cities in the world, and we are very excited to welcome Didier here."

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