Transfer talk

Anelka hopes to lure Drogba

April 16, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Nicolas Anelka hopes to attract former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba to Chinese football after being appointed to Shanghai Shenhua's coaching staff.

Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba at Chelsea
GettyImagesNicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba could link up again

Previous coach Jean Tigana appears to have left the club, reportedly sacked, after a falling out with the club's owners with Anelka drafted in - though the exact nature of the former France international's role has yet to be outlined.

Shenhua have been tracking Drogba, who is out of contract in the summer, for many months and the striker, who turned 34 a month ago, could be tempted by one final big pay day.

"I hope Selim Benachour [Maritimo] and Didier Drogba will quickly join us,'' Anelka told Le Journal du Dimanche. "I hope they come. It is up to the club to see if we have the right means.''

Anelka admitted his surprise at being appointed to the coaching staff, but insisted he had no qualms about taking over from Tigana.

"I don't know what happened with the coach, but it looked like an impasse,'' he added. "As usual I will take on and try to seize the challenge, which is the greatest of my career. We start almost from scratch again.

"Florent Ibenge will take the daily training sessions. To assist us there will be Alioune Toure and Ian Walker for the keepers.

"I have been impressed by Carlo Ancelotti, Kevin Keegan, Arsene Wenger, Guus Hiddink, Christoph Daum and Sam Allardyce. I have also looked at Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp. I have a very English coaching philosophy.''