Nicolas Anelka will play for Mumbai City Football Club in the upcoming new league launched by the football association of India which is named Indian Super League.
There were already rumours of Anelka going to become a part of that league soon, but, nobody was sure which franchise he would opt for.
There were a couple of franchises in the race and the agent of Anelka, in one of his interviews, of late had said that he was waiting to see what sort of offer the Indian clubs come up with.
The agent was obviously pointing towards the money there and thus, there are no surprises that the French striker has joined Mumbai City as it’s one of the richest clubs in the league and would surely have offered him the most bucks.
There has not been any official word regarding how much Anelka has been signed for, but, going by some of the reports, the amount is somewhere close to 1 million US Dollars.
Mumbai has already secured the services of Manuel Friedrich, a 35-year old centre-half from Germany. Actually, it was believed earlier that he was going to be named as the club’s marquee player, but, eventually, Anelka, having played more football than him, got that honour.
It’s not only Anelka and Friedrich who are the big names to be going to play in the league. There are a couple more. Luis Garcia, the marquee player of Atletico De Kolkata, is the one, while, Alessandro Del Piero, the marquee player of Delhi Dynamos is another.
The first match of ISL 2014 will be played on 12th October at the Salt lake Stadium. Mumbai City FC and Atletico De Kolkata will be the two teams playing in that match.
It will be an away game for Mumbai City.