Chelsea legend Didier Drogba insists he is happy with his move to China and claims he more than deserves the substantial pay package he receives there.
Drogba joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in the summer after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired, much to the surprise of many commentators.
It was even more surprising considering he looked to be in great form while achieving legendary status at Chelsea in the closing stages of an extraordinary season for the Blues.
Drogba almost singlehandedly guided Roberto di Matteo’s side to an unlikely Champions League and FA Cup double, turning a season that had started in disarray into one where Chelsea became the first club from London to win Europe’s premier competition.
The Ivorian has already had to deal with significant speculation regarding his future in China after it was reported a shareholder dispute had threatened Shenhua’s resources, and so his salary, but he insisted he is happy with the experience he is having.
“I wanted to experience another culture, another world,” he told Le Sport 10.
“This experience is unlike anything I have known, you look around and it is skyscrapers galore - but also not too far away, most of the population is farmers.
“Playing in China is very rewarding and I enjoy it - even if it is different to London, where my children remain and that means I have to stay up late [to talk to them].
“This country has long been closed off, but things are changing, living here is a great opportunity.”
Drogba’s pedigree would have ensured plenty of interest when it was confirmed he would be leaving Chelsea, so Shenhua were reported to have offered him a whopping £220,000 a week – a salary the 34-year-old believes he is more than entitled to.
“When you work hard, you want to be rewarded - it is as simple as that,” he added.
“There will always be shock at wages, especially in France as there is always talk about that but in the City there are bigger rewards.
"There is jealously when it comes to footballers, people just think you have no brain, chase a ball and score goals to earn millions. In life I think you get what you deserve.”