Anelka still wants Drogba

Former Chelsea striker hoping ex-team-mate will join him

Nicolas Anelka: Happy to take on managerial role and keen to recruit Didier Drogba

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Nicolas Anelka, who is now player-manager of Shanghai Shenhua, has confirmed that he is hoping to see Didier Drogba complete a move to China this summer.

Anelka moved to Shenhua in January, but just months after he arrived he was promoted to player-boss after Jean Tigana was fired.

The former Chelsea man is now wasting little time in settling in and has Drogba and former Paris Saint Germain team-mate Selim Benachour, currently with Maritimo, in his sights.

"I hope Selim Benachour and Didier Drogba will quickly join us," he told Le Journal du Dimanche.

"I hope they to come. It is up to the club to see if we have the right means."

Anelka admits that he has been influenced to go into management by all his old coaches.

Impressed

"I have been impressed by Carlo Ancelotti, Kevin Keegan, Arsene Wenger, Guus Hiddink, Christoph Daum and Sam Allardyce," he said.

"I have also looked at Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp. I have a very English philosophy of coaching."

Anelka insists he has no qualms about taking over from Tigana.

"Jean Tigana? I don't know what happened with the coach, but it looked like an impasse," he added.

"As usually I will take on, trying to seize that 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."