Former France captain Marcel Desailly has signed for Al-Ittihad Club of Qatar.

The veteran defender was released by Chelsea at the end of last season, having previously played for Nantes, Marseille and Milan.

Capped a record 116 times for France, Desailly was a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning team and the victorious 2000 European Championship side.

“I was in touch with several clubs but I finally turned to Al-Ittihad, a club with nice facilities, a beautiful small stadium, and a French coach, Bruno Metsu, the former national coach of Senegal.”