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The Japanese who is now a part of the Red Lizards' roster is excited to work with his former boss...

Ryuji Sueoka, the Japanese midfielder who was part of the East Bengal squad last year, has signed a deal with Pune FC, Goal can confirm.

“Yes, I have signed with Pune FC to play for them next season,” he informed Goal on Monday.

Sueoka would reunite with Karim Bencherifa under whose guidance he played a big role in Salgaocar FC winning the I-League a few years back. He was also first brought in India by the Moroccan coach when at Mohun Bagan.

“Karim and I have worked together for long and we know each other already. So it will be easy to play under him,” Sueoka told.

The playmaker has been plying his trade in the I-League for the last five years and is excited to work in the professional set-up of Pune FC.

“Pune FC is good club as everybody knows. I’m glad to play in a good atmosphere and under a good coach. All clubs in the I-League should become professional like Pune FC. I’m very happy to be part of this unit,” he sounded excited.

On his stint with East Bengal, Sueoka said, “I have a lot of good memories in East Bengal. We won the Calcutta League, reached the semis in the AFC cup and finished second in the I-League. I could share the happiness with huge number of supporters there. But then all foreigners were released by the club. This is Kolkata,” he laughed.

Sueoka stated that the Indian Super League (ISL) organised by IMG-Reliance may help Indian football in the long run.

Pune registered a 3-0 victory over Dempo SC in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.