By Charlotte Daly For Mailonline
Published: 09:41 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 10:18 BST, 10 September 2020
Michael Essien has joined Danish side Nordsjaelland as a player-coach for the 2020-21 season.
The 37-year-old has agreed to assist head coach Flemming Pedersen for the coming campaign as the Danish side aim to better their eighth-place finish last season.
The former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder is looking to earn his full coaching badges by spending time with the first team and its 'Right to Dream Academy'.
Michael Essien has joined Danish side Nordsjaelland as a new player-coach for next season - he is pictured in the colours of is new team
According to the club, Essien will join the staff in an assistant role and participate in training sessions alongside the players to help implement the drills and ideas.
In addition, the former Lyon and Real Madrid player will contribute to video analysis and 'group evaluations' following each training session.
His new position will also see him link up with his compatriot Mas-Ud Didi Dramani (the club's transition coach) as a member of the coaching staff.
Essien, who will start his duties on Thursday, took to social media to share his delight about the opportunity to achieve his coaching qualifications at the club.
'I am delighted to have joined FC Nordsjaelland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching licence,' he said.
'I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role.'
The 37-year-old has agreed to assist the club's head coach Flemming Pedersen for the year
He will start on Thursday and participate in the team's training sessions