Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise has returned to the Indian Super League (ISL), joining Marco Materazzi’s Chennaiyin FC for the forthcoming season.
Riise appeared as a studio guest on Soccer AM earlier this month and said he was keen to return to playing after appearing to announce his retirement in June following a spell with hometown club Aalesunds FK.
The 35-year-old, who won the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League during a seven-year spell at Liverpool, played in last season's ISL, helping Delhi Dynamos reach the semi-finals.
"Back in June I decided to take a break from football but I always kept the door open for a return," Riise said.
"After speaking to Marco I found the motivation again to work hard so I would like to thank Marco and the Chennaiyin FC owners for believing in me.
"Marco especially had a big influence in my decision. I am honoured to have the chance to play and work under Marco. Working closely with him will be a great experience for me for my future coaching career also.
"I had a very interesting experience last year in India but this year I am more prepared and more excited and can't wait to get started with Chennaiyin FC and help them retain the ISL trophy."
Materzazzi, who guided Chennaiyin to their first ISL title last year, added: "John has had a fantastic career already and was very consistent in last year's ISL. He will be a very important player for us both on and off the pitch."