The Montreal Impact have added former AC Milan and Lazio defender Alessandro Nesta to their growing list of Italian veterans.

Financial terms of the deal were not released on Thursday, but the 2006 World Cup winner will not have the status of Designated Player, so his remuneration will come under the league's salary cap.

''I'm very happy to be here,'' Nesta said. ''Despite some offers to continue my career in Europe, I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to play in MLS.

''Upon visiting my friend Marco (Di Vaio) to see him play his first game with Montreal, I met great people in this club. I really liked what I saw and I was convinced Montreal was where I wanted to be.''

Di Vaio, a forward who was once Nesta's teammate at Lazio, made his Impact debut last week against Toronto.