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Michael Essien signs for Indonesian club Persib Bandung! Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien signs for Indonesian side Persib Bandung .
Ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien signs for Indonesian club Persib Bandung

Michael Essien has played for some of Europe's biggest clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Persib Bandung to play in the Indonesia Liga 1 this season.

Having made his last professional appearance for Panathinaikos in Greece, Essien's arrival has given Persib Bandung a huge boost ahead of their 2017 campaign.

Essien has joined Persib in Indonesia on an initial one-year deal (Photo: AFP)

The ex-Ghana international will be the highest-paid player in Indonesian football, with a contract reportedly worth 800,000 euros a year.

Essien, 34, has been given the No. 5 jersey and is expected to help the club challenge for top honours as the Indonesian giants celebrate their 84th anniversary this year.

There is an option to extend his contract till 2018 should the tenacious midfielder shine in his expected role as the chief playmaker for the team.

Michae;l Essien wearing Persib Bandung colours on Tuesday

Michael Essien: Ghanaian joins Indonesian side Persib Bandung

Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has joined Indonesian side Persib Bandung.

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of an extension.

Essien told the club's website: "Thank you for bringing me here. I'm excited and want to give my best."

Teddy Tjahyono, part of the Persib Bandung management, said: "The reason to bring Michael Essien is in order to increase the value of competition in Indonesia."

He added: "Opening the door to the other world players to strengthen the team in Indonesia.

"The process to bring in players to this part of the world is quite difficult. It took months to negotiate."

Essien, who has also played for Real Madrid and AC Milan, is the highest profile signing for Indonesian football since Cameroon World Cup hero Roger Milla and Argentine World Cup winner Mario Kempes played in the country in the 1990s.

The midfielder has been a free agent since leaving Greek club Panathinaikos at the end of last season.

He won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups during nine seasons at Chelsea.

Essien also played at two World Cups for Ghana, who he represented 58 times, before retiring in the wake of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Based in Bandung in West Java, Persib are one of the best supported clubs in Indonesia and finished third in the recently completed President's Cup.

The start date for the new league season in Indonesia has yet to be announced.

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