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Shanghai Shenhua confirms contract with Drogba

(Xinhua) Updated: 2012-06-18 23:20
SHANGHAI - Shanghai Shenhua boss Zhu Jun confirmed Monday that Cote d'Ivoire's striker Didier Drogba will join the club.

Zhu said the Shenhua club would not make an official announcement until Drogba releases the news by himself on his personal website. The arriving time of Drogba has not been fixed.

The length and value of the contract were not exposed while Zhu denied a rumor of 12-million Euros annual salary.

"I have never mentioned the price on my weibo (twitter)" , Zhu said.

The rumor about Drogba to join Shenhua was evoked half a year ago in China.

Zhou Jun, a board member of Shenhua went to Cote d'Ivoire last Friday to discuss the details of the contract with Drogba, according to Shenhua.

Zhu Jun also said that the club will invest 10 million U. S. dollars in importing a midfield. Local media believed that Shenhua plans to import Moreno, a Columbian midfielder who is serving an Argentinean club.

Shenhua has been spending extravagantly in importing foreign footballers.

French striker Nicolas Anelka and coach Jean Tigana joined Shenhua at the beginning of this season of the Chinese Super League, but the French coach was fired later for failing the club's expectation.

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