The LA Galaxy have added yet another big-name European player to their squad ahead of the 2016 MLS season, announcing the signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong.
The 31-year-old, who was released by AC Milan last week, was acquired using Targeted Allocation Money [TAM] and is set to partner Steven Gerrard in the centre of the park after long-time fan favourite Juninho was sold to Mexican side Club Tijuana in December.
He follows Ashley Cole and Belgium international Jelle van Damme as the Galaxy’s latest high-profile recruit from overseas this winter and head coach Bruce Arena sees him as the final piece in the puzzle as he aims to guide his side to an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup title in six seasons.
“Nigel brings us a very experienced player in central midfield,” Arena told the club’s official website. "He's a player whose qualities will help others around him, specifically Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos, as well as Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes – all the players who'll he playing ahead of him.
“He's an outstanding defensive midfielder, has great mobility, can obviously win tackles and distribute the ball quickly, so I think he's really going to compliment the other players in front of him."
De Jong enjoyed spells at boyhood club Ajax, Hamburg and Manchester City, respectively, before joining Milan in August 2012 and went on to make 95 total appearances for the Italian giants, scoring seven goals.
The 81-times capped Netherlands international was rewarded with a contract extension until 2018 last summer and handed the captain’s armband following a strong 2014-15 campaign but had featured just five times in Serie A this term due to a series of niggling injuries.