The former Inter defender is looking forward to beginning his new career as a player-coach for the Indian Super League outfit
Marco Materazzi is set to arrive in India on Saturday after having signed a two-year deal with the Indian Super League’s Chennai team, as Goal exclusively reported last week.
The former Inter star has also been confirmed as the coach of the side owned by Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani of Asian Paints, who is also the first cousin of Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani.
And Materazzi has now taken to Twitter to announce his excitement at the move:
The new adventure of my life #ISL begins today with #Chennai #INDIA . Thanks @VitameswaniDani @juniorbachchan @BTMFC009 @Space236
— Marco Materazzi (@iomatrix23) September 19, 2014
The former Italy star also thanked the club’s owners, Vita Dani and Abhishek Bachchan alongside technical advisor, Prashant Agarwal of Kshatriya Sports, who played an important role in securing his signature for the Chennai franchise.
The Italian held talks with the Bangalore franchise and FC Pune City when he visited India back in May 2014.
Materazzi played in 209 league matches for Inter prior to his retirement in 2011 and won five Serie A titles, one Champions League, one Club World Cup, four Coppa Italias and four Supercoppa Italianas.
He was also part of the Azzurri’s 2006 World Cup winning squad, famously scoring in the final before being head-butted by France star Zinedine Zidane.