14 Feb 2013

Drogba gets green light for Turkish side

6:40 am on 14 February 2013

Didier Drogba has been given the go-ahead to play for Galatasary after the Ivory Coast striker's former football club Shanghai Shenhua disputed his move from China.

The former Chelsea star signed an 18-month contract with top-flight Galatasaray at the end of January but Shanghai Shenhua, with whom Drogba signed on a two-and-a-half year deal in June last year, opposed the move.

The 34-year-old will be paid 10 million euros to play in Turkey with a bonus of 15,000 euros for every match played.

The Chinese club, which had vowed to appeal to FIFA, will not be compensated for his departure, Turkish newspapers say, claiming the player's contract with Shanghai was null and void as he had not been paid for the past three months.

Galatasary are due to play German side Schalke 04 next week in the last 16 of the Champions League.