Nicolas Anelka joins Ljungberg at Indian outfit until Christmas

Nicolas Anelka

Former Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has signed for Mumbai City FC.

Nicolas Anelka has found himself a new club, several months after the debacle that saw him leave previous club West Brom.

Anelka, who has played for Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in the UK joined West Brom from Juventus last summer.

But after he scored a goal for the club against West Ham in December of last year he performed a controversial celebration.

His ‘quenelle’ gesture was deemed anti-Semitic and he was given a five game ban by the FA - when he was told to apologise by West Brom he refused, cancelled his contract via Twitter before the club officially confirmed he had been fired in March.

Now a free agent the 34-year-old seemed to have a deal on the cards to go play football in Brazil. However he played Atletico Mineiro for too long and eventually they pulled the plug on a deal, furious with the way Anelka handled negotiations.

So Anelka remained without a club since February, until this week, when he finalised a move to play in the Indian Super League.

The likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Luis Garcia and Robert Pires are already signed up for the mini-competition and Anelka has now joined that growing list of former Premier League stars.

His move to Mumbai City was confirmed this morning, despite late interest being reported from Fiorentina and Indian rivals FC Pune City.

His agent Alexander Garini confirmed the news, stating:

"Anelka signed a deal with Mumbai FC and so there is no chance of a U-turn. The contract will expire on December 25th, I have it, so there are no problems."

He joins the likes of Freddie Ljungberg and Manuel Friedrich at the club - and will be managed by no-nonsense former Sunderland and Leeds United boss Peter Reid when the competition gets under way in October.

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