Saturday, July 21, 2018

Anelka joins Mumbai City; Demichelis wants new Man City deal

Former France international striker Nicolas Anelka has announced he has joined Indian Super League side Mumbai City F.C.

Former France international striker Nicolas Anelka has announced he has joined Indian Super League side Mumbai City F.C.

Anelka has been without a club since being released by West Bromwich Albion following his infamous quenelle goal celebration last season.

The 35-year-old, formerly of Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid, is just one of several superstars lured by lucrative offers from India.

Ex-Arsenal team-mates Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg — who will be reunited with Anelka at Mumbai — and the likes of Alessandro del Piero and David Trezeguet have already confirmed their respective moves to the ISL.

“I’m pleased to join Mumbai City FC & very exciting in joining Indian Super League,” Anelka wrote on Twitter.

“Talented international players & top Indian talent will make matches thrilling affairs.

“I look forward to using my ability to do well for my team in the matches we will play.”

The Indian Super League will kick-off in October before concluding in December.

Demichelis wants new Man City deal

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis says he would like to sign a new deal with the club after revealing he can play one more year of top-level football.

Demichelis, 33, signed a two-year deal with City upon his £4.2 million arrival from Málaga in September 2013, and that deal is set to expire at the end of the season.

The Argentina international, who scored City’s equaliser at Arsenal on Saturday, has proved to be a fantastic signing by Manuel Pellegrini, who has surprisingly preferred the Argentine over Eliaquim Mangala thus far this season.

“I am playing every game, every two to three days, so I am just enjoying it and taking it game by game,” Demichelis said.

“I would be happy to stay this year and then one more year because I think I will still have the quality to play at this level.

“I would like to stay one more year because I think I can play at this level.”

City are set to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, and Demichelis is looking forward to competing against his former team-mates.

“The aim of this club is to improve year after year, and the next big step is to get out of the group stage and take it from there – and we have the quality to do it,” added the 33-year-old.

“It will be extremely emotional for me because Bayern were the club that gave me the chance to come to Europe and play, and I was there for seven-and-a-half years.

“I am looking forward to going back to the stadium and playing against old team-mates.”



Shawn Etemadi



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