ISL 2019: Bengaluru FC ropes in Spanish midfielder Luis Manuel Villa

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First Published 1, Feb 2019, 8:27 PM IST
ISL 2019: Bengaluru FC ropes in Spanish midfielder Luis Manuel Villa
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Luisma, a product of the Racing Santander youth setup, made several appearances with the Santander B side before making his La Liga debut with the Green and White in 2007.
 

Bengaluru: On Thursday, Bengaluru FC announced that they have secured the services of Spanish midfielder Luis Manuel Villa, more commonly known as 'Luisma', on a deal that runs till the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 29-year-old Luisma has been added to the squad ahead of the Indian Super League registration deadline of January 31, as a replacement for Bhutanese winger Chencho Gyeltshen, who completed his loan move to Neroca FC earlier.

Luisma, a product of the Racing Santander youth setup, made several appearances with the Santander B side before making his La Liga debut with the Green and White in 2007.

Spells at Segunda Division B sides then followed representing Real Union and Deportivo Alaves among other clubs.

"I am pleased to have signed for Bengaluru FC, and I can't wait to start playing for the club. I'm eager to meet my new teammates and to play my part in the rest of the season. I know that BFC is a club that wins trophies and I want to help them do that," Luisma said after putting pen to paper.

Luisma made a move to England in 2013, when he joined the then Conference Premier side, Barnet, scoring 17 goals across two seasons.

The Spaniard returned to Spain in 2015, joining Arenas Club de Getxo, before a short spell at SD Ponferradina last season.

 

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