Chelsea legend, Michael Essien says it will be an honour to play in the South Africa Premier Soccer League before hanging his boots.
The 39-year-old who is currently on the books of Azerbaijani Sabail FK has left his option opened.
“South Africa is not bad, I would like to come here. You can never say never, I am keeping my options open,” Essien told the South African media at a Budweiser event.
"I love South Africa, People are very with me. I always feel at home. It's such a beautiful country and I love coming here."
Although he may be close to retirement, the hard-tackling midfielder has confirmed he is keeping his options open.
“I love football, I love football...I have played it my whole life. So, I am not thinking about retirement at all (for now),” he added.
Essien has enjoyed a fabulous career which has seen him feature for eight top clubs in Europe including Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.