Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba rejected a lucrative deadline day offer from Serie A giants Juventus, who were willing to pay the former Chelsea star more than £4million-a-year to leave China, reports France Football.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international was reportedly offered a two-year deal to sign for the Italian outfit, which would have him the second-highest paid player behind club legend and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Drogba's basic salary would have been in excess of £75,000-a-week, with a bonus £400,000 if he played in more than 70 per cent of Juve's matches over the season. However, the African turned down the offer, choosing instead to stay in Asia.
There has been intense speculation over Drogba's future at Shanghai Shenhua, ever since a dispute between the club's owners became public last week.
After leaving Stamford Bridge as a free agent in the summer, the Chelsea legend followed Nicolas Anelka to China, agreeing a contract worth £200,000-a-week. But, Shanghai's chairman Zhu Jun threatened to stop paying the striker's salary unless the club increased his stake to 70 per cent.
Thankfully the board unrest now looks to have been resolved, and so Drogba was happy to see out his contract, which still has over 18 months to run. Meanwhile, Juventus signed Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan from Arsenal, but later admitted that the Dane was not their first-choice target.