Bengaluru FC enters deal with Chinese League One side Zhejiang Luchng for transfer of Edu Garcia
The Edu deal makes it one of the rare occasions when an Indian club would be earning a fee from a foreign club for the transfer of a player.
Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC on Friday reached an agreement with Chinese League One side Zhejiang Luchng for the transfer of Spanish winger Edu Garcia for an undisclosed fee.
The deal makes it one of the rare occasions when an Indian club would be earning a fee from a foreign club for the transfer of a player.
The League One season kicks off on 10 March and Garcia will join the team in Spain where they are on a pre-season tour. He will team up with Spanish coach Sergi Barjuan for the club which plays at the Yellow Dragon Sports Center in Hangzhou.
Luchng, who also go by the name Zhejiang Greentown, showed interest in Garcia and an agreement with Bengaluru was reached after close to two weeks of negotiations. The formalities were completed on Thursday, five days prior to the closing of the Chinese transfer window on 28 February.
"It was an offer that worked well for the club, Edu and Luchng.
It's also a matter a pride that the deal is a historic one in Indian football and that Bengaluru FC is involved in it," BFC COO Mustafa Ghouse said.
"Edu has been fantastic for us in the short time he has spent at the club and we thank him for his contribution while wishing him luck for the future.
BFC had signed Garcia on a season-long deal in September and the former Zaragoza man caught the imagination of the fans after he scored the first-ever goal for Bengaluru in Indian Super League (ISL) in a 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC in Bengaluru. He scored his second goal for the club earlier this month against Goa at Fortress.
Skilled at set-pieces, Garcia was also instrumental in five assists for Albert Roca's side.
Lavishing praise on Garcia, Roca said, "Edu has been a thorough professional during his time at the club and he was presented an opportunity that seemed right to say yes to. His contribution to our season so far has been very valuable and I wish him the best.
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With close to two decades of coaching experience, Garcia has worked with the likes of Vicente del Bosque at Real Madrid between 1993-94 and Rafa Benitez in Real Madrid and Real Valladolid between 1994-1996 as both football conditioning and assistant coach.
Namgyal Bhutia (45th) and Leon Augustine (71st) turned out to be the heroes for the Naushad Moosa-coached side even as Kerala Blasters were eight men down by the end of the dramatic clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK).
The Brazilian striker started his professional career with Madureira before making the jump to the first team in 2015 and was loaned out to clubs like Barra da Tijuca and Boa Esporte in his initial years.