Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will not be joining China’s Guangzhou Evergrande after the defending national champions ended speculation over a bold transfer swoop.
“We have (had) no contact with Drogba whatsoever, nor... authorised anyone to contact him,” the club said on its official website. “The recent Drogba reports are pure speculation, he is not in our plans.”
Drogba could now be closer to joining Chinese rivals Shanghai Shenhua after they signed his Chelsea striking partner Nicola Anelka last month.
Former French international Jean Tigana is set to take over as Shanghai coach and the club have declared their interest in bringing Ivory Coast international Drogba in too.
Promoted Dalian Aerbin have also been linked with Drogba, 33, who is entering the last six months of his contract with Chelsea. Guangzhou were believed to be lining up an astonishing $625,000 a week deal for Drogba, according to China Daily.
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