Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba used his first press conference as a Shanghai Shenhua player to plead with the owners of his new club to ensure Frank Lampard and John Terry follow him from Stamford Bridge to China.
Drogba touched down in Shanghai on Saturday and was greeted by thousands of fans who treated the Ivorian to a rapturous welcome following his decision to sign for the club on a free transfer.
The 34-year-old will join up in Shanghai with former teammate Nicolas Anelka, who signed for Shenhua in January, and hopes that even more players swap blue of Chelsea for the blue of his new club.
"I need to speak to my president," said Drogba when asked about the possibility of Lampard and Terry joining him. "Because I want them in my team."
Drogba's decision to sign a two-and-a-half year contract with Shanghai has led to some criticism as most observers would argue that the Ivory Coast international still retains the ability to perform at the top level.
The Blues legend, however, has hit back at detractors and claimed he has not moved to China for the money, despite reports suggesting he will earn in excess of £200,000-per-week.
"Believe me, it’s not about money. I’m really happy to be here," he added. "I am opening a new chapter and the new chapter is Shanghai Shenhua."
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