Ex Chelsea and Ghana midfielder, Michael Essien has joined Indonesian club, Persib Bandung on a one year deal. Essien, who also had spells in Real Madrid and AC Milan had been a free agent since leaving Greek club Panathinaikos at the end of last season.

The 34-year  told the club’s website: “Thank you for bringing me here. I’m excited and want to give my best.”

Teddy Tjahyono, a member of the club’s management, added: “The reason to bring Michael Essien is in order to increase the value of competition in Indonesia. 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.”