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Shenhua may appeal Drogba's departure

By Tang Zhe | China Daily | Updated: 2013-01-31 07:44

Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua declared on Wednesday it was shocked by Cote d'Ivoire striker Didier Drogba's transfer to Turkish club Galatasaray, and said it will appeal to FIFA to protect the club's interests.

Shenhua said in an announcement posted on its website that it was stunned by Galatasaray's approach to a player still under contract.

"We understand Drogba's eagerness to play in the UEFA Champions League, but Shanghai Shenhua Football Club signed a 2 1/2-year contract with Drogba on July 1, 2012," the announcement read. "Our club has complied with the terms of the contract and fulfilled our responsibilities and obligations from the start to now.

"Drogba is still a player for Shanghai Shenhua, and the contract between the two sides is still within the terms of validity."

Shenhua also claimed it is collecting material in preparation for an appeal to FIFA.

The 34-year-old former Chelsea star had been involved in a series of transfer rumors during his half-year stay in China, especially after the club was reported to owe him money during a salary dispute.

Drogba confirmed on his website on Monday that he has signed a 1 1/2-year contract with the 18-time Turkish league champion.

tangzhe@chinadaily.com.cn

(China Daily 01/31/2013 page22)

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