Former Ghana star, Michael Essien joins Azerbaijani side Sabail FC
Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has returned to Azerbaijan to sign for top-flight side Sabail FC.
The 36-year-old has been without a club since leaving Indonesian side Persib Bandung last year.
Early this month, Essien was in the capital Baku for an exhibition match where he visited the club.
He joined them at the Bayil Arena Stadium and developed a motivational speech to the players.
He will be attending today's league match between Sabail FC and Qarabag.
Essien was in Baku where he played in an exhibition match dubbed "Baku 2019: Stars Final".
Essien, a former African Player of the Year, began his professional career in France with Bastia and Lyon but it was his move to EPL giants Chelsea that shot him to superstardom.
In a nine-year career at Stamford Bridge, the tough-tackling midfielder claimed two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and, in 2012, the crowning glory, the Champions League.
He has also had stints with Real Madrid, AC Milan and lately in Greece with Panathinaikos.