Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 11:30
The signing of Ghanaian Michael Essien will hopefully open the door for other major stars to head to Indonesian football, claims top flight club Persib Bandung.
The 34-year-old former Black Stars player penned a one-year deal with the club and was unveiled as a marquee signing on Tuesday.
Aside from his abilities as a player, Persib have also signed Essien because of his high profile status, hoping that bringing a player of his calibre to the country will attract other international stars.
Teddy Tjahyono, part of the Persib Bandung management, told his club’s website: "The reason to bring Michael Essien is in order to increase the value of competition in Indonesia."
He added: "Opening the door to the other world players to strengthen the team in Indonesia.
"The process to bring in players to this part of the world is quite difficult. It took months to negotiate."
Essien told the club's website: "Thank you for bringing me here. I'm excited and want to give my best."
The former Ghana player, who has represented the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan in his club career, joined as a free agent after being released by Greek side Panathinaikos.