Drogba shows class is permanent in Shanghai

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As if we didn’t know already, striker Didier Drogba showed old club Chelsea they will certainly be missing his skills next season in his latest outing for Shanghai Shenhua.

The Ivorian international left Stamford Bridge at the end of his contract this summer, inspiring the Blues to Champions League glory against Bayern Munich before walking away from the club.

A host of top European clubs were thought to be interested in the 34-year-old, but the former Marseille hitman surprised many by opting for China, and a two-and-a-half year deal alongside former teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Unsurprisingly, Drogba has been an instant success in the Far East, coming off the bench to help earn a draw on debut against Guangzhou R&F.

He’s followed that with a double against Hangzhou Greentown, scoring twice in an emphatic 5-1 win that has seen Sergio Batista’s side move away from the bottom of the Super League.

The goals weren't vintage Drogba, but showed that the player hasn't lost his eye for the back of the net. His first-half finish was clinical from inside the box, and second a driving run that left defenders trailing in his wake.

It begs the question: why did he leave European football so quickly? After spells at Marseille and Chelsea, surely he had more to offer in Italy or Spain, if a challenge was what the man was after.

Roberto Di Matteo would have certainly kept him for a little while longer, and there isn't a single Premier League club who would have turned the player down.

It wasn't to be however, and England's loss is China's game. And, in case you were thinking Drogba was past it, here's footage of his latest two goals...

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