FC Pune City sign India international Francis Fernandes

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New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) FC Pune City on Monday announced the signing of mid-fielder Francis Fernandes to their squad for the upcoming third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Fernandes began his career playing Under-19 at Vasco SC and graduating to its senior team. In 2006, he moved to Salgaocar where he has been an integral part of the set-up until he joined Dempo in 2014.

For his skill sets he has been a regular on the national side since 2011. In ISL, he has played for Delhi Dynamos since its inception.

Announcing the signing, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said: “Francis has been an asset for all teams he has played for, including the national side. His versatility of playing on the wings, attacking midfield or any position that the team needs him in will give the coach a lot of flexibility.”

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The franchise’s head coach Antonio Habas was delighted to add some experience to the squad.

“Francis adds depth to our wing play. He can play as a second line of attack behind our forwards as well as hold the midfield when needed. We hope he continues to be a value add to our team as much as he was to his previous ones,” Habas said.

Elated at joining the Pune side, Fernandes said: “I am thankful to FC Pune City for providing me a new challenge. The club’s heart is in the right place and I want to be a part of their glorious time.”

Co-owner and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan wished the winger the best for the upcoming ISL season.

“Francis is a wonderful addition to the FC Pune family. His skills will make him an invaluable member of the team. I wish him all the best,” Roshan said.

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