Michael Essien's latest move to Azerbaijan side Sabali FC will see the Ghanaian play a dual role at the club.
The 36-year-old signed a 15 month deal with the club until May 2020, has taken up the opportunity to play for the European team and also join the club’s U-19 coaching staff to acquire coaching experience as part of completing his UEFA B qualification, a continuation of the coaching work he has been doing with Chelsea U16.
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.