Anelka expects Drogba-China move

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Nicolas Anelka believes Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will join him at Shanghai Shenhua this summer.

The Ivorian is out of contract at the end of the season, and is seeking a two-year extension to his current deal.

However, with the Blues only willing to offer a one-year deal, Drogba may be forced to look elsewhere, with a move to China a possibility according to Anelka.

"It’s difficult for me to say much at this time, but I speak with him on a regular basis and I expect him to come to Shanghai," he said.

"When I left Chelsea, I told him we’d play together again soon."

Anelka's departure could well lead an exodus from Stamford Bridge, as the old guard begin to be broken up.

Brazilian defender Alex soon followed the Frenchman out the door, joining Paris St Germain in January, while the likes of Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are also expected to leave this summer.

The loss of Drogba would be a major blow for Chelsea, who with only the misfiring Fernando Torres in reserve, will be forced to delve into the transfer market to replace the 34-year-old.

Torres has failed to score since October, form which has dramatically affected the club's attempts to qualify for the Champions League.

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