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Well that was quick. Under five months after he arrived at Shanghai Shenhua Ivorian international and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba wants to leave the club by any means necessary.
Drogba is seeking an exemption to the international transfer rules which would keep him at Shenhua until January 1st. FIFA are considering granting the striker special permission to move on loan to another club.
Drogba’s season with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua finished this month and a move would allow the Ivory Coast captain, 34, to play for a new team and prepare for the African Cup of Nations, which begins on January 19. Drogba is contracted with Shanghai until 2014.
Shenhua’s other international star, Nicolas Anelka, has been linked to English Premier League side West Ham. Tensions are believed to be high at Shenhua where players reportedly haven’t been paid for a number of months due to the club’s ongoing financial difficulties.
Despite being unable to pay its existing squad’s wages the club was this week linked to David Beckham, after the former LA Galaxy and Manchester Utd player announced he was looking for “one more challenge” before retirement.
Update #1: FIFA has rejected Drogba’s request for a move outside of the international transfer window, atmosphere in the Shenhua clubhouse just got a bit more uncomfortable.