Drogba can’t leave China now, FIFA says

Didier Drogba... Photo: Courtesy Goal.com

Drogba wanted to remain competitive before the African Nations Cup

FIFA have turned down a request from Didier Drogba to be allowed to leave Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, on loan ahead of the transfer window.

The Ivory Coast striker, who has been linked with a short-term move back to previous club Chelsea, had put in a request to the world governing body. The request was rejected.

“We can confirm that the player Didier Drogba submitted a request for authorisation to be registered outside an open registration period for a club on a loan basis,” FIFA said in a statement. “FIFA has informed him about the relevant regulation that players may only be registered during one of the two annual registration periods fixed by the relevant association.”

FIFA said the only exception was when a player’s contract expired outside a transfer window.

Drogba had been hoping to get a temporary move to build fitness ahead of the African Nations Cup in January.

Chelsea, European Champions last season with Drogba’s help, are currently having striking problems as the clubs two strikers, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, are misfiring.

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