ISL 2016: Florent Malouda returns as marquee player for Delhi Dynamos
New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos on Monday announced the return of UEFA Champions League winner Florent Malouda as their marquee player for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League.
His arrival will bolster the Lion's line-up given his performances and form with the Egyptian Premier League club Wadi Degla FC where he was out on loan after a stellar debut season with the Lions in the HISL season 2.
Malouda, who had arrived at the club as one of the most high-profile signings last season, recorded the most number of assists and was seen as a highly rated attacking midfielder.
He featured in 16 games last year and provided eight assists and soon became a fan favourite due to his exploits on the field.
Club President Prashant Agarwal said, "Florent is a team player and he was an integral part of us reaching all the way till the semi-finals last season. His leadership both off & on the pitch is commendable. He is a true Lion and a favorite of our fans. I am sure everyone associated with DDFC is proud to have Malouda back with us!"
"I am very excited to be back in India. It was a wonderful experience for me to play in the league last year and enjoyed it a lot. It was for the first time that I played outside Europe and to be honest I enjoyed it a lot," Malouda said.
"We had a very good squad last season and it was sad that we had to bow out of the tournament in the semis. It's a different squad this year, I hope that we can build on what we achieved last season and together aim to lift the trophy this season," the 36-year-old winger added.
"We have consulted our legal team after receiving the agreement from Emami Group. Our legal team then has sent their draft to the Emami Group," East Bengal joint secretary Rupak Saha said in a statement.
Brendan Hamill will lead the Bagan defence in absence of their injured Spanish defender Tiri who is all but out of the upcoming season.