• Serie A

Juventus wrap up Anelka deal

ESPN staff
February 1, 2013
Nicolas Anelka will play for Juventus over the remainder of the season © PA Photos

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Anelka on a six-month contract with the option of a further year.

Anelka, 33, leaves Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua to join the Serie A champions as they bid to retain their league title.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Anelka is a Juventus player. His contract, which runs until June 30, has been submitted to the league.

"The agreement includes the option to renew the deal until June 30, 2014."

Anelka underwent a series of medicals in Turin last week but the deal was not ratified until Friday morning.

The former Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal striker issued a brief statement on Juve's website, which read: "Juve are bigger than everybody else."

Juve becomes the 10th club of a career which has seen Anelka rack up estimated transfer fees of almost £85 million, while also scoring 14 goals in 69 caps as a full international for France.

He was part of their victorious Euro 2000 squad and has won the Champions League with Real Madrid, Premier League titles in England with Arsenal and Chelsea and in Turkey with Fenerbahce, and three FA Cups, two with the Blues and one with Arsenal.

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