Guwahati / New Delhi: NorthEast United Football Club (NUFC), the Guwahati franchise of the Indian Super League, roped in Spain defender Joan Capdevila as their marquee player.
The 36-year-old left-back was part of Spain’s Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 winning squads. He has played over 400 games and scored 36 goals in the La Liga for Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal. Last season, Capdevilla played for Espanyol.
Larsing M. Sawyan, Lajong FC managing director and NUFC co-owner, informed that Capdevila is expected to join the franchise in Guwahati by mid-August. “We have somewhat finalised the other players of the teams as well. We have certain logistics aspects to attend to before the team takes the field," Larsing told The Telegraph.
Capdevila said he took the decision to join the franchise after speaking to co-owner and Bollywood actor John Abraham. He said he was excited to join the franchise.
“At this stage, after winning everything that is there to be won, I needed a new challenge. After speaking to John Abraham about the way he is passionately looking to promote football in India and the project of North East United FC, it excited me to take up this challenge,” Capdevila said in a statement released by NUFC.
“India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here,” he said.
Abraham also expressed his excitement in roping in the World Cup winner. “We, at North East United FC, are very excited that Capdevila is a marquee player for our team. We are confident that his achievements in the game and his presence in our team will motivate our younger Indian players and his inputs would help us build a strong team for our future,” Abraham said.