Terry & Lampard to join ex-Chelsea stars in China…If Drogba has his way!

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Jul 15th, 2012
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Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, right, waves to his fans upon his arrival at Pudong International Airport Saturday July 14, 2012 in Shanghai, China. Drogba signed with Chinese soccer club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year contract that will reportedly make him China’s highest-paid player. (AP Photo)

As Didier Drogba touched down in China to begin the latest chapter of his glittering career, the Ivory Coast striker has called on two of his former Chelsea teammates to join him in Shanghai.

Drogba, whose last action for the Blues came when he slotted home the final penalty to win the club their first ever Champions League trophy, was greeted by hundreds of excited fans on Saturday when he arrived in Shanghai.

And the 36-year-old immediately said he wanted to see John Terry and Frank Lampard join him at Shenhua. More than just stating his desire to have the Chelsea stalwarts in his side, Drogba revealed he would speak to the Shanghai president to discuss the possibility.

“I need to speak to my president,” Drogba said. “Because I want them in my team.”

It would seem to be a somewhat far-fetched request at this stage, and it would be difficult to envisage either player making the move in the near future.

But with the money on offer to players in the so-called twilight years of their career, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that a deal could happen in a few years.

Drogba is the second player to move from Chelsea to Shenhua after fellow striker Nicolas Anelka made the switch in January.

Drogba’s contract at the Chinese club is thought to be worth in the region of £300,000 a week, making him one of the highest-paid footballers on the planet, but the former Marseille star insists the move is not about financial gain.

“Believe me, it’s not about money. I’m really happy to be here,” he said. “I am opening a new chapter and the new chapter is Shanghai Shenhua.”

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