Mumbai City FC have resigned Nicolas Anelka for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
The former Arsenal and France striker scored twice in 2014 and was officially ranked the fifth best player in the competition despite missing the start of the campaign.
Anelka said on Tuesday (9): “I am glad to be back in Mumbai City FC again. I really enjoyed my time there last season and I can’t wait to see Mumbai, India and all you fans again. See you very soon.”
Mumbai owner Ranbir Kapoor added: “I am really happy to have Nicolas back for Mumbai City FC. He played really well for us last year, and while the plan this year is to build a smart and strong squad, it is important to retain some continuity from last season. Nicolas plays a major role in that plan.”
Anelka has played nearly 500 times at club level, including successful stints at Paris St Germain, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Juventus. He has also featured 69 times for his national team.
Meanwhile, Brazilian World Cup winner Lucio is another big name signing for the ISL, having agreed a deal with FC Goa.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan defender will be the franchise’s marquee player. “Lucio, who won the World Cup for Brazil in 2002 and was part of 2006 and 2010 finals, has been signed for FC Goa as he was strongly recommended by (coach) Zico,” stated FC Goa co-owner Shrinivas Dempo.
FC Pune also recently announced that ex-England midfield star David Platt will be their new manager.
Platt, who was assistant coach to Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, said: “I didn’t know much about Indian football until the opportunity arose.
“The more I researched and heard, I became enthusiastic about the strategy of the ISL and FC Pune.”
The new season will begin in September.