Drogba to make decision 'soon'

Striker says next step is interesting after deciding to leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba: Striker is close to announcing a decision on his next club after deciding to leave Chelsea

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Didier Drogba says his next move is 'interesting' and the former Chelsea striker intends to make an announcement on his new club 'soon'.

The Ivory Coast international is available on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract at Chelsea in order to take on a fresh challenge.

Drogba is widely expected to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and such a move would bring about a reunion with former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

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However, United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl are reported to have shown an interest and the 34-year-old is close to finalising a decision about his future.

"The next step is interesting," said Drogba during a promotional visit to India.

"I will announce it soon. But as of now, you will just have to wait."

Drogba spent eight seasons with Chelsea after joining from Marseille and his final act for the club was to score the winning penalty in the shoot-out in last month's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

He added: "Chelsea were very good for me. I shared a special relationship with the club.

"It was a difficult decision to leave them."