Drogba Ready For China Challenge
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SHOWS: SHANGHAI, CHINA (JULY 14, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF IVORIAN STRIKER DIDIER DROGBA HOLDING HIS SHANGHAI SHENHUA SHIRT WITH CLUB DIRECTOR ZHOU JUN 2. PHOTOGRAPHERS 3. (

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SHOWS: SHANGHAI, CHINA (JULY 14, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF IVORIAN STRIKER DIDIER DROGBA HOLDING HIS SHANGHAI SHENHUA SHIRT WITH CLUB DIRECTOR ZHOU JUN 2. PHOTOGRAPHERS 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHANGHAI SHENHUA STRIKER DIDIER DROGBA, SAYING: "I decided to come here because when the club and the president approached me, I looked at the project and it came with ambitious ideas and he wants to develop, to help football develop in China." 4. PHOTOGRAPHERS 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHANGHAI SHENHUA STRIKER DIDIER DROGBA, SAYING: "Really, I didn't come here with the idea of making a lot of money. I come here because it is a completely different challenge from what I have seen in Europe before. And that's the idea, that's the idea, there are many challenges but this one is a big one." STORY: Ivorian striker Didier Drogba said on Saturday (July 14) he was attracted by the ambitions of his new club Shanghai Shenhua and the challenge of playing football in China as he was unveiled as the club's new foreign signing. More than 300 Chinese fans had cheered on the Ivorian as he arrived at Shanghai Pudong International airport on Saturday morning. The former Chelsea striker had ended speculation about his future last month when he announced that he was joining big-spending Chinese Super League strugglers Shanghai Shenhua. Drogba had been strongly linked with a move to the Far East when he announced he was leaving Chelsea after scoring the decisive penalty for the London club in their Champions League final shootout victory over Bayern Munich. He said he was ready for the China challenge and wants to help football to develop in the world's most populous nation. "I decided to come here because when the club and the president approached me, I looked at the project and it came with ambitious ideas and he wants to develop, to help football develop in China," he said. No financial details of the two-and-a-half-year contract were revealed by Drogba or the club but widespread media reports said the Ivory Coast striker would receive in the region of $300,000 a week. But Drogba said he did not move to China for the big money. "Really, I didn't come here with the idea of making a lot of money," he said. "I've come here because it is a completely different challenge from what I have seen in Europe before. And that's the idea, that's the idea, there are many challenges but this one is a big one," he said. The 34-year-old will now join up with his new team mates and hope to make an instant impact to help the side turn around a dismal start to the campaign which has left them sitting 13th in the 16-team league despite heavy investment. His signing is another coup for the reinvigorated Chinese Super League and Drogba will join former Chelsea team mate Nicolas Anelka in a powerful Shanghai forward line that is managed by former Argentina manager Sergio Batista. Drogba scored 157 times in 341 appearances for Chelsea following his move from Olympique Marseille in 2004, making him the club's fourth all-time leading scorer, while his 34 European goals are a record for the London club.