Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua are challenging Didier Drogba’s move to Turkish champions Galatasaray.

Drogba has signed an 18-month contract with Galatasaray after leaving Shanghai Shenhua, although the Chinese side claim he is still under contract with them and that they have not consented to the switch.

Now the Blue Devil say they will take the transfer dispute to FIFA.

"Drogba is still a Shanghai Shenhua player. The contract between the two parties is still within the period of validity", the Super League side announced.


"Shanghai Shenhua and Drogba, on 1st July 2012, officially signed a formal contract for a period of two and a half years.

"The club has acted in accordance with this contract and has effectively fulfilled the responsibilities and obligations of the club.

"Shanghai Shenhua is prepared to collate all the evidence and information and submit it to FIFA in order to protect its interests."

Drogba is due to link up with Galatasaray after his participation in the current African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast concludes.

The 34-year-old has explained he is relishing the challenge at the Turk Telekom Arena and is keen to taste Champions League football once again.

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