Essien continues his football career at Azerbaijan

Essien continues his football career at Azerbaijan

Former Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has joined Azerbaijan top-tier side Sabail FK.

The 37-year-old football player has signed a deal until May 2020 and will assist the coaching staff of the club's Under-19 side as part of his quest for a coaching badge.

Essien has been a free agent since ending his contract with Indonesian side Persib Bandung in March 2018, BBC Sport reported.

In a long and varied career, Essien also played for Real Madrid and AC Milan since leaving Liberty Professionals in his native country in 1999.

He started his European career at French club Bastia before joining rivals Lyon in 2003. Essien also had a short stint at Greek club Panathinaikos in the 2015/16 season. He won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups during nine seasons at Chelsea.

Essien also played at two World Cups for Ghana, who he represented 58 times, before retiring in the wake of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.