1/31/2019 10:59:46 PM (GMT+3)

Spanish midfielder Luisma joins Bengaluru

Spanish midfielder Luisma joins Bengaluru

BANGALORE, India: Bengaluru FC has signed Spanish midfielder Luis Manuel Villa, more commonly known as ‘Luisma’, on a deal that runs until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 29-year-old  been added to the squad ahead of the Indian Super League registration deadline of January 31, as a replacement for Bhutanese winger Chencho Gyeltshen, who completed his loan move to NEROCA FC earlier.

Luisma, a product of the Racing Santander youth setup, made several appearances with the Santander B side before making his La Liga debut with the Green and White in 2007. Spells at Segunda Division B sides would then follow representing Real Union and Deportivo Alaves among other clubs.

“I’m very happy to have signed for Bengaluru FC. I can’t wait to start playing for the club. I know that BFC wins trophies and I want to help them do that,” said Luisma.

Luisma made the move to England in 2013, when he joined the then Conference Premier side Barnet, scoring 17 goals across two seasons. The Spaniard returned to Spain in 2015, joining Arenas Club de Getxo, before a short spell at SD Ponferradina last season.

“We are very happy to bring Luisma into the squad. Going into a crucial part of the season, where we are fighting for the playoff spots, we felt it was important to have a player who can fit into our style of play and bring some fresh air to the squad,” said coach Carles Cuadrat.

Luisma will wear the No. 9 shirt for the Blues, and will be available for selection ahead of team’s next match against Kerala Blasters on February 6.