Category: Transfer News

Delhi Dynamos sign Arshdeep Singh

NEW DELHI: After an excellent performance for Minerva Punjab last season , 22-year-old goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh Saini has signed a three-year contract with the Delhi Dynamos. He made his debut for Minerva Punjab in 2017 and has proven to be very promising for the former I-League champions. The shot stopper has also exhibited great performance in the AFC Cup.

He was recently in the news after a nasty injury with Chennaiyin FC striker CK Vineeth in their AFC Cup match held in Guwahati. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and with multiple fractures, had to undergo surgery. However, he will be up and running before the upcoming season.

Under Spanish custodian Francisco Dorronsoro, Arshdeep will look forward to gather more experience at Delhi Dynamos and enhance his skills in the upcoming campaign. The 22-year old goal-keeper was also included in Derrick Perreira’s U-23 Indian team for the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers earlier this year. 

Abhijit Sarkar joins East Bengal on loan from Chennaiyin

KOLKATA: After Costa Rican Johnny Acosta yet another World Cupper will turn out for East Bengal this season in Calcutta Football League as Chennaiyin FC today announced that 19-year-old attacking midfielder Abhijit Sarkar has joined The Red and Golds on a loan deal for the 2019-20 season.

The versatile midfielder, who has represented India in FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, signed for Chennaiyin ahead of 2018-19 season from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows, spending the subsequent season with them on loan.

Abhijit made six appearances for Indian Arrows last season, scoring once. The AIFF Elite Academy graduate was at Indian Arrows in the 2017-18 campaign as well, where he finished as their I-League top-scorer with four goals.

Meanwhile, Spanish defender Borja Gomez Perez has also joined training today under assistant coach Josep Ferre at Saltlake Stadium training ground.

Photo – Santanu Biswas

Gokulam Kerala appoint Fernando Santiago Varela as head coach

Kozhikode, July 18: Spanish coach Fernando Santiago Varela has returned back to Gokulam Kerala FC as the head coach of the team for the upcoming season. The Spaniard had a brief stint with the Malabarians a year ago but had to return back to his home country due to personal reasons before the I-League started.

“It is a great honour to be back home. I had some unavoidable circumstances in Spain and had to leave before the I-League started. Now I am back,” said Fernando Santiago Varela upon his arrival.

Settled in Barcelona, Fernando Varela has previously coached Catalalan club CF Gava before joining Gokulam Kerala FC last year. The gaffer has also written a book ‘Futbol Inteligente’ on football training.

“We will be vying for top honours this season. Already the players have started fitness sessions and now I will oversee the training sessions. We have to prepare well for the Durand Cup. It is great to be back here and now I have got a historic tournament as my first assignment,” said Fernando Varela.

 “Gokulam will aim high this season with the foreign coach and his expertise in football will surely help us to aim for glory this year. The coach came late because there was some delay in getting the visa. He is now ready. It is great to see him back with Gokulam and we expect a good start this season,” said VC Praveen, Gokulam Kerala FC president. 

Bengaluru FC sign Spanish forward Manuel Onwu

Bengaluru: Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC have completed the signing of Spanish striker Manuel Onwu Villafranca ahead of the 2019-20 season, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old striker who becomes the 13th Spaniard to sign for the Blues, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club having an option to extend it for another year.

“Having spent a fair bit of time playing in Spain, I was looking for a different experience. However, I wanted to join a strong project where we fight for ambitious goals. That’s the reason I’m very excited to join Bengaluru FC. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club from many Spanish players in the league, and that helped me make a decision about coming here. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and hope to help the club build on their success from last season,” said Manuel after putting to paper.   

Welcoming him to the Blues fold, Coach Carles Cuadrat said, “Manuel comes in after a long playing career in Spain that includes playing at the very top. He will provide us with some good options in attack and we expect him to settle in easily. Of course, he isn’t a direct replacement for Miku, because we’re talking about two very different types of players. Manuel is a great professional, and his experiences will definitely make him a great addition to our squad.”

Born in Tudela, Manuel had youth spells with Club Atlético Valtierrano and CD Tudelano, making his senior debut with the latter in 2006. In 2007, Onwu signed with Osasuna B and had a couple of loan spells at CD Iruña (2007-08) and UD Alzira (2008) before returning to the reserve team of the La Liga side. While Manuel featured and netted regularly for Osasuna B in the Segunda B Division, he was called up to the first team and made his La Liga debut in March 2012.

Having played three seasons in the Spanish top flight and another one in the Segunda Division for Osasuna, Manuel had a brief spell in Georgia with FC Dinamo Tbilisi where he was part of the side that won the 2015 Georgian Cup. He returned to Spain the following season and featured for Lleida Esportiu (2015-16) and Lorca FC (2016-18) helping the latter to a promotion to Segunda Division in his first season. In January 2018, he moved to UCAM Murcia CF and featured regularly and in fact, was the top-scorer for theUniversitarios with 11 league goals in the 2018-19 season.

At Bengaluru, Manuel becomes the fourth Spaniard in the current squad joining Juanan Gonzalez, Dimas Delgado, and Albert Serran.

Gokulam Kerala sign two local talents

KOCHI: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed two Kerala players, Mohammed Salah K and Alex Saji, for the upcoming I-League season. Mohammed Salah is a wing-back and had played for Gokulam in the 2017-18 season but moved to SAT Tirur in the previous season.

Alex Saji was the captain of the Kerala Blasters U18 team and was part of their reserve team. He plays as defender and is from Wayanad. “It is an honour to play for Gokulam Kerala FC. There are lot of Kerala players in the club and this is a golden opportunity for me to learn,” said Alex Saji after signing.

Mohammed Salah, who is from Malappuram, believes that he could excel in his second stint at the club. “I am happy to be here back. The club means a lot to me and I would try to do my best to help the club win the titles,” he said.

Both the players will be part of Gokulam’s Durand Cup squad also. “These youngsters have a great opportunity to excel and these signings show that the club stands with the vision of promoting young Kerala players to national level,” said VC Praveen, the president of the club.

Albert Serran signs one-year extension with Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC have extended the contract of defender Albert Serran who has put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him with the Indian Super League champions till the end of 2019-20 season, the club announced on Wednesday. The 34-year-old defender thus becomes the fourth foreigner to stay on for Carles Cuadrat’s side for the upcoming season.

Serran who joined Bengaluru FC after a trial in Spain, went on to become an important part in Cuadrat’s defence, establishing a formidable partnership with fellow countryman Juanan Gonzalez at the heart of the backline. Starting 15 games, he made a total of 17 appearances as the Blues claimed their maiden Indian Super League title.

Excited at continuing his successful journey in India, the Spaniard spoke about his ambition for the new campaign. “I am so happy to be coming back to the Bengaluru FC family once again. It’s a matter of pride for me to pull on the BFC blue for another year and I will be giving everything to the club’s cause of challenging for the title again.”

Head Coach Cuadrat who has frequently highlighted the importance of continuity in the squad was happy with the return of Serran. “Albert has come off a fantastic season with us, partnering with Juanan to lend our defence solidity. He’s an experienced hand, a fantastic professional and above all a great team player. Handing him a new contract is in line with our efforts to retain as many players as possible from our championship-winning squad last year and I’m certain he will deliver yet another solid season for Bengaluru FC,” said Cuadrat.

For the record, Serran, who becomes the third Spaniard in the team for the 2019-20 season after Juanan and Dimas Delgado, also notched up an impressive 88% passing accuracy last season while making 114 clearances in the ISL.

Isaac Vanmalsawma joins Jamshedpur Football Club

Jamshedpur, July 5, 2019: Jamshedpur FC is delighted to welcome Indian international midfielder, Isaac Vanmalsawma from Chennaiyin FC. The 22-year-old has penned a deal for a term of two years with the Jharkhand-based side. 

Born in Mizoram, Isaac made his national team debut in 2016 against Bhutan. He also represented the Under-19 Indian team in the AFC Under-19 qualifiers in Qatar 2013. Isaac, also has vast experience in playing in the I-League with Shillong Lajong and Indian Super League with Pune City FC and Chennaiyin FC. 

Isaac becomes the sixth Indian recruit for the upcoming season after Joyner Lourenco, Keegan Pereira, Niraj Kumar, Jitendra Singh, Narender Gahlot. 

On signing with Jamshedpur FC, Isaac added, “I am extremely happy to join Jamshedpur FC and take my career forward. I am looking forward to being part of such a talented squad. I can’t wait to start working with my team-mates and hopefully we can achieve great things together.” 

Jamshedpur FC, CEO, Mukul Choudhari added “Isaac has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for. He is a perfect fit to the team and we are confident he will be a success. We welcome him to the family of Jamshedpur FC.” 

ATK shores up defence, acquires centre-back Anas Edathodika

Kolkata, July 5, 2019: Anas Edathodika, centre back and former Indian professional footballer is set to join ATK. Anas along with Sandesh Jhingan formed the ever reliable back line of the Indian team. His stellar performances made him the defensive pillar of the team.

Anas started his career with Mumbai in I-League and later joined Pune FC in 2011. Anas won the Pune Football Club Player of The Year award for 2012–13, making him the first Indian as well as the first defender to win it. Anas was named the club captain for the 2013–14 season.

Anas played in Indian Super League in 2017–18 season with debutante club Jamshedpur FC, eventually making him the first signing in the history of Jamshedpur FC for that season of ISL. He joined his national teammate Sandesh Jhingan at Kerala Blasters FC in 2018. This season he will be donning the Red and Whites.

“I am very pleased with the signing of Anas Edathodika. He has established himself as a star defender and I believe he has a lot of potential. He will be an essential addition to the defence of the team.” said Antonio López Habas, Head Coach, ATK.

“I’m delighted to sign for ATK. I want to come and help the team, that’s always been my goal wherever I have played.  I look forward to meeting the staff and players.” said Anas Edathodika.

Jitendra Singh signs for Jamshedpur Football Club

Jamshedpur, July 4, 2019: Jamshedpur FC have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender, Jitendra Singh from I-League side Indian Arrows. The youngster has penned a deal for a term of three years with the Jharkhand- based side. 

Born in Manipur, the 18-year-old has already represented the national team in the FIFA Under- 17 world cup which was held in 2017. He also represented the Under-20 national side. He has been a part of the Indian Arrows squad since 2017 and already played over 30 I League matches and as rated as one of the versatile defenders in the country. 

Jitendra becomes the fourth recruit for Jamshedpur FC from Indian Arrows along with Narender Gahlot, Amarjit Singh and Aniket Yadav. 

On signing with Jamshedpur FC, Jitendra added, “I am really excited to wear the Jamshedpur FC jersey and play for the club. I would want to give the best for my team and for the fans. I am happy to be a part of the Jamshedpur FC family. I have seen the fans and I want to say that you guys are amazing. Please keep supporting us the way you have been and without your support it’s not possible to achieve the goals for the club.” 

Jamshedpur FC, CEO, Mukul Choudhari added “Jitendra joins us with immense pedigree behind him. We are really excited to have him in our ranks. He is young and his development was closely monitored by our recruitment team. His ability to read the game and movements with and without the ball has impressed out a lot. We welcome him to the family of Jamshedpur FC.” 

David Williams joins Roy Krishna at ATK

Former Phoenix striker David Williams will reunite with former teammate Roy Krishna in India after signing a two-year deal with ATK in the Indian Super League.

The Kolkata-based club confirmed the signing of Williams on Friday, 10 days after announcing Krishna would be taking his prodigious talents to India.

Williams was tipped to follow coach Mark Rudan to A-League expansion side, Western United, but will instead re-form a deadly attacking combo with Krishna in India.

The duo will provide a much-needed goal-scoring spark for ATK, who ended last season in sixth and scored just 18 times across 18 games.

Compare that to Krishna (19) and Williams (11), who combined for 30 goals between them last A-League season.

Krishna’s efforts saw him take home the A-League’s golden boot and Johnny Warren Medal.

“I am absolutely delighted that I will be able to play alongside my friend Roy Krishna. Hopefully, together as a team, we will be able to win the title and create memories,” Williams said.

ATK have won the Indian Super League title twice, and coach Antonio Lopez Habas feels the signing will help his team win a third title.

“Williams’ pace and technique will be valuable to us. He also brings variety to the squad since he can play on either side of the wings as well. His understanding with teammate Roy Krishna will be crucial for us.”

The 2019-20 India season will begin on October 13, 2019, and conclude in March.