The former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has joined Chennai Titans in the Indian Super League following in the footsteps of his former national team-mate Alessandro Del Piero, who completed a move to Delhi Dynamos earlier this summer.

The 41-year-old will be the player-manager of the team and is expected to come to India next Thursday to join a training camp in Bangalore. The deal is reported to be worth $1 million.

Materazzi made 301 appearances for Inter Milan during his 10-year stay in the club. A part of the World Cup winning squad in 2006, he had a very eventful final match where he had scored, conceded a penalty and succeeded in getting Zinedine Zidane sent off.