Don't go to Real! New Shenhua boss Batista urges Drogba to ditch Madrid for Shanghai
14:54 GMT, 30 May 2012
Shanghai Shenhua's new coach Sergio Batista has vowed to keep the pursuit of Chelsea's Didier Drogba alive, after the Ivorian opened talks with Real Madrid.
Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that the 34-year-old could be reunited with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho in Madrid.
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But new Shenhua manager is determined to get his man.
'The people from the club do the best things to get Drogba here,' he said.
'I think every coach in the world wants to get Drogba on the team and I hope that everything is OK.'
Drogba could join his former team-mate Nicolas Anelka in China, who joined the club in January and had been acting as player-coach since Jean Tigana's departure in April.
Anelka had fallen out with the club's hierachy, as he felt he had been kept in the dark before the appointment of Batista, but the Argentine is keen to keep him to partner Drogba.
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Batista hopes the Frenchman can be more of a leader on the pitch.
'I don’t want Anelka to play only to score goals.
'I think he’s one of the best players in the world but I want to keep him back on the field to play with his partners on the team, and then try and score a goal.
'Anelka can give to all the players his experience.'
Le Sulk Drogba's former team-mate Nicolas Anelka (centre) has been the acting player-coach since Jean Tigana's departure
Drogba, who fired home the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, will be choosing between two teams with differing fortunes on the pitch.
Shenhua have faltered this season, and sit in ninth place in the Chinese Super League.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, halted Barcelona's dominance in La Liga by winning the League by nine points.
The 49-year-old Batista, who helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup as a player will manage his first game at Shenhua on Friday.