Former Premier League forward Michael Chopra has joined Kerala Blasters, a franchise co-owned by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

The international draft for the Indian Super League was held in Mumbai on Thursday and Kerela Blasters who already have former England international David James as their marquee player-cum-manager chose Chopra to play upfront for them.

The much travelled striker played for Newcastle, Sunderland, Cardiff City and Blackpool amongst other clubs in a career that started off at the age of ten years at Tyneside.

“When the drafts came up, the first name that caught our attention was that of Chopra,” former James told reporters. “We immediately decided to have him and are happy to have him in this team.” 

“Michael expressed his interest in changing his nationality to Indian. He wants to help in set up academies and grow football in India as part of the Kerala Blasters and Sachin Tendulkars’ legacy.” 
“With Chopra’s experience and enthusiasm to improve Indian football, we will be able to achieve it. He’s a great addition to a wonderful team Kerala Blasters,” said James.