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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

Drogba plans to stay with Chelsea


LONDON — Didier Drogba intends to stay at Chelsea at least until the end of the season, rejecting speculation of a money-spinning move to ambitious Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window.

Sections of the British media are reporting that the Chinese team is ready to buy the 33-year-old Drogba this month and pay him a stunning £270,000 ($420,000) a week, making him one of the highest-earning players in world football.

In an interview with France Football magazine, Drogba, who is on duty with Cote d'Ivoire at the African Nations Cup, said he wants to "start having more fun again, more sensations, more enthusiasm, pressure and passion out on the pitch."

When asked if that meant leaving Chelsea, Drogba said: "Not before June, in any case."

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