By Bridget O’Donnell
Didier Drogba could still be coming to Shanghai after all. The Oriental Morning Post reported this morning that the Chelsea striker flew to Singapore today to meet with Shanghai Shenhua owner Zhu Jun, as well as two French agents and a Chinese deputy, to discuss a new contract with the team. This comes just a few days after Shenhua player-coach and former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka hinted to reporters that Drogba would probably stay in London.
Anelka told media on Friday:
“We spoke privately and I’ve known his decision. It won’t be proper to tell you more right now but if Drogba decides to stay back at Chelsea that will be because he wants to stay and Chelsea wants him (to stay) as well.”
But with the meeting in Singapore supposedly taking place tonight, negotiations appear to be back on. A two-year, £200,000-per-week contract is reportedly on the table. And British media is reporting that Drogba already rejected an offer to return to Chelsea for £100,000-per-week.
But fans eagerly awaiting the Ivorian superstar’s arrival probably won’t know the outcome for another few weeks. With Drogba and Chelsea currently set to play in the Champions League Final, an official decision likely won’t be announced until after the championship game on May 19.
Shenhua has been trying to poach Drogba for quite some time now. They’re reportedly even keeping No. 11 warm for him.