I-League: Bengaluru FC sign Spaniards Rubio, Gonzalez

Bengaluru, Aug 8 (IANS) Reigning I-League football champions Bengaluru FC on Monday announced the signing of Spaniards Alvaro Rubio and Juan Gonzalez for the forthcoming season.

Rubio is a highly-experienced midfielder who spent ten seasons at Spanish club Real Valladolid (2006-2016) during which he played close to 300 games and captained the side that kept shuffling between La Liga and the second Division.

Gonzalez meanwhile, is a defender who spent two seasons each with the B teams of Deportivo and Real Madrid before moving to German club Fortuna Dusseldorf where he spent three seasons – one in the Bundesliga and two in the second division. He last played for Amercian side Rayo OKC.

The duo complete Bengaluru’s set of four foreigners after the club announced it had signed Australian midfielder Cameron Watson on Saturday. Watson, Rubio and Gonzalez arrived in the city on Sunday and took part in a session with the team on Monday morning.

While Gonzalez has signed a contract that keeps him with the club till the end of the season, Rubio’s term lasts till the end of the year.

“I am happy to have signed for Bengaluru FC. We trained with the team today and everyone is very welcoming. The aim is to try and understand the systems as soon as possible and I would like to use my experience to help the team to success,” Rubio, who also appeared for the Spanish national U-20 and U-21 sides, said in a club statement.

Gonzalez, who even had a stint with Hungarian club Ujpest FC, said he was keen to settle in soon.

“I’ve come here to experience something new and I’m confident I will be able to contribute to the team’s success. I’ve left my family back home and that is tough but I’m here to do a job and do it well,” said the defender.

Club’s head coach Albert Roca was confident of the kind of edge the two players would give to the squad.

“Alvaro and Juan bring with them valuable experience of playing at the top level. They have played with and competed against some of the best players in world football and I have little doubt that they will give the team an advantage. They are good professionals and team players and will strengthen the squad before what is a crucial set of AFC Cup games,” Roca added.

–IANS

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