Michael Essien attended on Thursday his first training

The former Chelsea and West Ham striker was greeted by a bank

The former Chelsea and West Ham striker was greeted by a bank

Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung have confirmed that they have completed the signing of former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien.

The 33-year-old, who has been out of contract since leaving U.S. side Sacramento Republic in October, joins former Chelsea team mate Michael Essien at the Indonesian team ahead of the league kick-off on April 15.

Striker Cole, 33, had scored 51 goals in the EPL with the clubs including West Ham United, Aston Villa and Chelsea, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I never knew my career would bring me to Indonesia, (but) this is a great club".

Speaking about the move to Persib, Cole said: "It's incredible". Here the Persib fans are great, I'm happy to be here.

Essien came to Persib from Greek football giants Panathinaikos. I hope everything will be doing just fine.

Based in West Java, Persib are one of the best supported teams in Indonesia and regularly draw in crowds in excess of 20,000.

He also had an ill-fated stint with Scottish side Celtic, where he made only five appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal. Persib finished fifth in last year's Indonesian Super League.

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