Ivorian loving life in the Far East.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he is happy playing in China and insists he will honour his two-and-a-half year contract with Shanghai Shenua.
The legendary forward left Chelsea this summer after helping the Blues to FA Cup and Champions League glory.
The 34-year-old, dubbed “Devil Beast” by Shanghai fans, has already scored five times in seven appearances at the Super League club but rumours of financial instability have led to speculation that Drogba could depart prematurely.
Shanghai boss Zhu Jun, who pays Drogba’s £250,000 a week wages, has reportedly threatened to withdraw funding.
But Drogba says he is happy with life in China and doesn’t regret the switch.
“I hope more because I’m really happy here,” he the BBC. “I miss the Premier League because it’s the best league in the world, but really I don’t regret my choice.
“I just arrived like two months ago so I’m really happy. I am, I’m really happy here so I have no reasons to leave. I don’t want to leave here.
“I want to stay here, as long as I can win some trophies with my team and make our fans very happy. It’s difficult at the moment, but I know that there’s hope and I believe.”
Drogba has refuted claims he has not been paid by his new club and adds that he wants to make a success of his time in Shanghai.
“Hopefully, within a few years, when my contract finishes here, I will be sitting with you and talking about how fantastic it was to win the Asian Champions League,” he added.
Drogba’s arrival, along with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, has led to a boost in attendances at Shanghai home game, with crowds increasing from around the 15,000 mark to close to 20,000, according to Gulf News.
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