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Anelka returns to India as player-manager

Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC. Credit: PA

Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League.

The 36-year-old, who scored two goals for Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the eight-team league last year, took on a similar dual role in 2012 for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

"I would like to say thank you to the Mumbai City FC staff for giving me the opportunity to coach the club," Anelka, who has played for a host of English Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, said in a statement.

"We are all very excited to start this new season. I'm personally very eager to take on this new role for the club and put a strong competitive team on the pitch," added the well-travelled Frenchman.


Man City launch new kit with a Zabaleta selfie

Manchester City have launched their new kit for the 2015/16 season with a Pablo Zabaleta and a fan. It's the modern way...

The shirt is fitted with Nike Dri-FIT technology which apparently draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirt and shorts where it quickly evaporates - so the players can sweat as much as they like.

Man City's new kit. Credit: Nike

Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.


Former Man United defender pens new deal at Watford

Cathcart has committed his future to Watford. Credit: PA

Defender Craig Cathcart has signed a new four-year deal at Watford.

The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international made 30 appearances for the Hornets last season as they won promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Cathcart, who started his career at Manchester United, signed for Watford from Blackpool last summer.

Watford, under new head coach Quique Sanchez Flores, have already been busy during the close-season, with Matej Vydra turning his loan move from Italian side Udinese into a permanent deal and Gabriele Angella penning a new five-year deal on Wednesday.

Bristol Rovers sign player sacked by Oldham

Cristian Montano was sacked by Oldham. Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers have signed winger Cristian Montano who was sacked by Oldham in December 2013.

League One Oldham dismissed the player after he was one of 13 footballers arrested in relation to spot-fixing, but the charges were eventually dropped.

Montano most recently played in his homeland of Colombia for América de Cali.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke said: "He comes with quite a lot of baggage.

"I know that he is desperate for another opportunity to play league football and I'm a firm believer in giving everyone a second chance."

QPR sign ex-Germany U21 striker on three-year deal

Polter has joined QPR on a three-year deal. Credit: PA

QPR have signed former Germany under-21 striker Sebastian Polter on a three-year deal from Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

The 24 year-old spent last season on loan with FC Union Berlin, who play in the German equivalent of England's Championship, where the 6 ft 3 in striker scored 14 goals in 29 games.

FC Union Berlin finished 7th last season, missing on the promotion play-off spot by 11 points.

Polter won ten caps for Germany's under-21 side between 2012 and 2013, scoring four goals, while he's also played for Wolfsburg and Mainz in the Bundesliga.

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