The 36-year-old former FC Barcelona graduate will arrive in Goa immediately and undergo the mandatory quarantine procedure before joining the squad, according to a press release.
File image by Manuel Lanzarote. SportzPics
Bambolim: Two-time champions Chennaiyin FC announced on Monday that Spanish midfielder Manuel Lanzarote had signed a short-term contract until the end of the current Indian Super League (ISL) season.
The 36-year-old former graduate of FC Barcelona will arrive immediately in Goa and undergo the mandatory quarantine procedure before joining the squad, according to a press release.
The takeover of Lanzarote is due to CFC captain Rafael Crivellaro after an ankle ligament injury against ATK Mohun Bagan was expelled for the rest of the season on December 29th last year.
« I am very happy and proud of the opportunity to play for a club that has won the ISL twice, » said the Spaniard in the Press release.
« Although it will be a very short stage, I hope to be able to contribute with my experience and to help my teammates to achieve our goal. «
CFC head coach Csaba Laszlo said Lanzarote is a seasoned professional with experience playing in India and hopes to include him at the earliest and stay in the mix to advance the play-offs.
Laszlo had previously spent one season each in 2017-18 and 2018-19 at FC Goa and ATK.
After Lanzarote had reached the youth rankings at FC Barcelona, he played for a number of clubs in the Spanish minor league before spending two seasons with RCD Espanyol in the top division from 2013 to 2015. Most recently, he worked for CE Sabadell FC and UC Sant Andreu and helped the former player advance to the Spanish second division in 2019-20 .
Chennaiyin FC currently ranks eighth in the ISL 2020-21 standings with 11 points from 10 games with two wins, five draws and three defeats.
January 11, 2021 6:24:51 PM IST
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ATK Mohun Bagan is very confident following his wins against Bigwigs FC Goa and Bengaluru FC and will look to achieve a hat trick of wins when they face Chennaiyin FC.
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SC East Bengal played most of the second half with 10 men after captain Daniel Fox was sent off in the 56th minute.
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