Nicolas Anelka has revealed that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has made a decision about his future, and hinted it does not involve joining him in China, according to Sky Sports.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international is out of contract in west London at the end of the season, and has been heavily linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua - the club that Anelka left Stamford Bridge for in January.
The Frenchman signed a two-year deal with the Chinese Super League side, and has since been appointed player-manager following the sacking of the club's former head coach, Jean Tigana.
His promotion only added to speculation that Drogba could join his former Blues strike partner on his Asian adventure, but having played a significant part in Chelsea's recent resurgence under Roberto Di Matteo, he could be offered a bumper new deal.
Anelka says he has spoken to the African ace, who has made his mind up over his future, but said it was 'inconvenient' to reveal what his decision was.
"Even if Drogba finally chooses to stay with Chelsea, that can only prove Drogba himself wanted to stay and Chelsea also wanted to keep him," he told the Chinese media.
"If Drogba cannot come to Shanghai, then there are no regrets because the world still has many other fine players."