Huge crowd welcomes Didier Drogba to China

Updated: Jul 14, 2012, 10:39 AM IST

Shanghai: Didier Drogba has arrived in China greeted by approximately 750 fans at Pudong International Airport on Saturday morning (local time).

The Ivory Coast striker, who last month signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to join Shanghai Shenhua, was met by a huge crowd of supporters chanting his name at the airport`s arrival hall.

Drogba shook the hands of several fans - with many holding Drogba banners, sporting Shenhua scarves and waving Ivory Coast flags - and wore a smile during the brief appearance, before being whisked away from the airport.

The former Chelsea man will be officially presented to Shenhua supporters at Saturday`s clash with rivals Beijing Guoan, however he will not play in the game.

Drogba`s debut is expected to come in Wednesday`s Chinese FA Cup fixture away to Changchun Yatai.