The IFA office saw several top players signing for the big three of Kolkata on Friday...
Tolgay Ozbey, the talismanic striker from Australia, pen to paper for the newly-promoted Mohammedan Sporting, as Goal had reported a few months ago. The forward who had an injury ridden last season with Mohun Bagan now becomes the second foreigner after the highly successful Chima Okorie to ply his trade for all the major clubs in the City of Joy.
The Black and Whites also signed Khangtang Paite, who joined them after a loan spell at Pune FC from East Bengal. A number of veterans like Ashim Biswas and Gouranga Dutta signed on the doted lines too, along with Noushad K, J. Prasad, Sukdeb Murmu, Imran Khan, Dhanarajan R, Somnath Khara, Anthony Soren, and Charan Rai.
Raju Gaikwad, Baljit Sahni and Cavin Lobo put pen to paper for East Bengal. This takes the tally of contracted players to 21 as they have already signed most of their first-team Indian players. Abhijit Mondal, Dipankar Roy, Arnab Mondal, Alvito D'cunha, Lalrindika Ralte, Harmanjot Khabra, Naoaba Singh and a number of other players had already signed their contract earlier this week.
Marcos Falopa, the new East Bengal gaffer had his first practice session at the Salt Lake stadium where the players also had a short physical training session under physio Americo Falopa.
Alvito D'Cunha rubbished rumuors of him deciding to retire but added that he still hasn't yet taken a call on his future.
"I will see how I am physically doing and later think about retiring," he told Goal.
Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan too got the formalities done with Shilton Paul, Denson Devdas, Manish Bharghav, Kingshuk Debnath, Ravinder Singh, C. Sabeeth and Ram Malik, who performed brilliantly for Aryan last season, among those who signed their contracts.