Benachour joins former team-mate Anelka at Mumbai City

The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned outfit have added another quality figure to their ranks in Selim Benachour.

After landing heavy duty names in the recently elapsed Indian Super League (ISL) auction and draft earlier this month such as Sunil Chhetri and Brandon Fernandes, to name a few, Mumbai City FC continue their spending spree as the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned team has not ceased to recruit fresh legs.

The club on Tuesday has announced the signing of Tunisian international Selim Benachour with the 33-year-old adding international experience and depth in the midfield in what has been a heavy rebuilding summer this time around.

Benachour joins the franchise on the back of playing in the Cyprus first division with last year’s UEFA Champions League entrants APOEL Nicosia: “I heard a lot about the ISL and Mumbai City FC last year, and I cannot wait to start training with my new team-mates.”                                                             

The second edition of ISL without doubt will see a host of international experience on display, with the dynamic playmaker the latest export to the Indian league. Having said that, the 44 times capped Tunisian international joins looks forward to forging a good relationship with former PSG forward Nicolas Anelka – who will assume the role of player-manager.

“I am extremely happy to join forces with my former teammate, Nicolas Anelka. I am also very excited to be a part of Mumbai City FC in the ISL and all that this league has to offer," remarked an elated Benachour.

The midfielder sees no dearth of experience in European football with Selim starting his career with PSG before plying his trade in Russia with Rubin Kazan and in Spain with Andalusian club Malaga.

Indeed a good signing for Mumbai, with the franchise in the right frame to go all the way this time.