Shanghai Shenhua's Nicolas Anelka relishing the chance to experience life in the 'Oriental Paris'

The former Chelsea striker is excited by the chance to experience Asian culture claiming he's always been obsessed with the Far East

Shanghai Shenhua’s latest acquisition Nicolas Anelka says he can’t wait to experience life in the ‘Oriental Paris’, and stated that it is his obsession of Asian culture that persuaded him to move to the Far East.

Anelka signed for Shenhua following a successful career in Europe playing for likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea, and the former France international said he is relishing the opportunity to play in China.

"It is my first time to Shanghai but I know the city is named the ‘Oriental Paris’,” Anelka told

“Friends who have been there told me it is a magnificent city and I am looking forward to seeing it."

The 32-year-old continued: "I’ve always had fond feelings about Asia.

“I have been obsessed with the local cultures during my previous trips to the likes of Korea Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Chinese Hong Kong and Macau."

He added: “So I jumped at the chance when Shanghai came to me with an offer.”

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