Didier Drogba quashes rumours of potential Premier League return

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Former-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba insists he's committed to Shanghai Shenhua, ruling out a possible return to the Premier League in January, according to the Daily Mail.

The ex-Chelsea legend was recently voted the greatest player in the club's history, and although the Ivorian only left the Premier League in the summer, reports had suggested internal turmoil at Shanghai could lead to a January move back to Europe for Drogba.

But the Ivory Coast striker has insisted he will be staying the course in China, and revealed he's looking forward to getting a full season in the Chinese Super League under his belt.

Speaking to the Shanghai Morning Post, Drogba said: "I hope next season I can start again from the beginning with Shenhua. Because I joined relatively late, I didn't prepare with the team early in the season, so our results were not very good."

The 34-year-old joined Shanghai during a period of upheaval - the club has changed manager three times and a boardroom dispute reportedly almost led to the delayed payment of wages.

As a result, Drogba was linked with a possible return to Europe. Serie 'A' champions Juventus were credited with an interest in the frontman, while Liverpool were also linked.

The Reds are in desperate need of a striker following injury to Fabio Borini, leaving Brendan Rodgers with Luis Suarez as his only fit senior forward.

The Champions League winner is an icon at Chelsea, and scored the equalising goal and match-winning penalty against Bayern Munich last May as the Stamford Bridge side won the first Champions League in the club's history.

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