Mumbai, June 9 (IANS) Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced prolific French footballer Nicolas Anelka has been signed on again as the marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
Anelka, who scored twice and provided two assists for the Mumbai franchise in the inaugural season, was capped 69 times for France and had nearly 500 club appearances at the top level.
“I am really happy to have Nicolas back for Mumbai City FC. The fact is that he played really well for us last year. While the plan this year is to build a smart and strong squad, it is important to retain some continuity from last season and Nicolas plays a major role in that plan. I am really excited to have Nicolas back and I am sure the fans will be as well,” team owner Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor said.
On returning to Mumbai City FC, Anelka said, “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. Let’s football!”
The former French international has honed his skills with top brass clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus among others.
ISL Season 2 starts on October 3.