BENGALURU: Indian Super League (ISL) club Bengaluru FC on Wednesday announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez on a two-year deal ahead of the 2022-23 season.
The Blues confirmed Hernandez’s signing via their social media handle.
“Hola Javi! Spanish attacker @javih89 has put on paper a two-year deal with Blues,” Bengaluru FC said in a tweet.
The 33-year-old has represented ATK, ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC in the Indian Super League in recent seasons and is a product of Real Madrid Castilla. Before coming to India in 2019, Hernandez played for clubs in Spain, Sweden, Romania, Poland and Azerbaijan.
“I am happy to be associated with Bengaluru FC. I wanted to stay in the Indian Super League and Bangalore FC is one of the best places for me. I look forward to the new season, meeting my new teammates and staff and looking forward to helping the team achieve its objectives,” Xavi said after completing the formalities of his deal.
Hernández began his youth career with local side CDF Pizarrales, UD Salamanca in 2002 and again in 2005, before moving to Real Madrid Youth Academy at the age of 16. He made his senior debut with Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B. , Halmstad, Salamanca, CD Orense, and Burgos before stints at CF.
“I know that in the last two seasons, the club has not reached the level it is aiming for. I am motivated to give my best in every training session and every match to help this team achieve their goals and It is one of the best in the country. I believe this club and its fans deserve it,” said the Spaniard.
Xavi moved to Romania in 2015 with Polly Timi Oara, followed by Gornik Lezna in Poland and Gabala in Azerbaijan. After a two-year return to Poland with Krakow-based club MKS Cracovia, the Spaniard made his India debut in 2019, signing with ATK.
His arrival gave ATK their third championship win, and he scored two goals against Chennaiyin FC in the final. Hernández stood out in midfield for ATK that season, scoring 5 goals and making five assists in twenty appearances.
The Spanish midfielder, who played 19 out of 20 matches for Odisha FC in the previous league stint, scored six times for the Juggernauts and recorded five assists during the season.
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