Joan Capdevila has agreed to join North East United FC for the 2014-15 season, as reported by Goal earlier. The World Cup winner’s contract was renewed this summer by Espanyol and had expressed his desire to play abroad.
The Indian Super League (ISL) is a two-and-half month long tournament organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and their marketing partners, IMG-Reliance which is expected to kick-off in September this year.
“At this stage, after winning everything to be won a new challenge was needed. After speaking to John Abraham about the way he is passionately looking to promote football in India and the project of NorthEast United FC, it excited me to take up this challenge,” said the 36-year old.
“India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India,” he added.
Bollywood superstar John Abraham was delighted to announce his signing and believes that his addition to the squad will inspire a lot of Indian players.
“We at North East United FC are very excited that Joan Capdevilla is a marquee player for our team. We are confident that his achievements in the game and his presence in our team will motivate our younger Indian players and his inputs would help us build a strong team for our future.
“Speaking with him when he was in Brazil I got a sense of his passion for the game and especially his excitement for joining our team was motivational and unparalleled. We look forward to his arrival in India.”
Larsing Sawyan, who is the co-owner of the franchisee stated fans in the north east would be excited to welcome their marquee signing.
Lajong FC Managing Director and NorthEast United FC co-owner, Mr.Larsing M. Sawyan feels “This is the best thing that has happened to NorthEast United FC. A player of Joan Capdevilla’s calibre will definitely add impetus to our ambitions in the upcoming ISL. Football fans from the NorthEast are already familiar with him and we believe the excitement of the ISL in NorthEast has already reached a high level. We welcome Joan Capdevilla to NorthEast United FC and hope he can help us bring success both on and off the field.”