ISL: Mumbai City FC rope in Portuguese international Machado

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Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Mumbai City FC on Friday confirmed the signing of Portuguese international Paulo Machado on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old becomes the fifth foreign recruit for Jorge Costa’s team.

An experienced campaigner in some of Europe’s most elite competitions, Machado joins Mumbai City off the back of a successful campaign with Portuguese side CD Aves, winning the Taça de Portugal.

Machado made his first move outside Portugal when he signed on loan for French side AS Saint-Étienne. After impressing in the French Ligue 1, he joined Toulouse ahead of the 2009-10 season and went on to play for Les Violets for three seasons.

“Paulo has been a household name in top level Portuguese and European football for many years now. He brings with him so many years of experience and a strong winning mentality,” Costa said.

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“Paulo was only breaking in during my time at Porto but it was all there to be seen, even 14 years ago. I am excited to work with him once again and I’m confident he can be an important figure in this side,” he added.

–IANS

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