FC Pune City have scooped up midfielder Jonatan Lucca for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL). The Brazilian vicenarian joins former Barcelona player Pitu in the ranks of the Maratha Club.
In his first taste of Indian football, Lucca had a successful spell as he started every game for FC Goa, scoring three goals on the road, as FC Goa reached the final only to lose to Chennayin FC under dramatic circumstances.
Lucca, who is still only 22 years old was bought by Italian giants AS Roma in July 2012 but failed to get any game time under manager Zdenek Zeman, during his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.
FC Pune City CEO, Gaurav Modwel believes the Brazilian has impeccable talent and could well and truly become one of the best midfielders in the league.
“A robust midfielder, Lucca is a proven performer with a combination of speed, skill and flair. With age on his side, he possesses natural talent and has progressed well to date. FC Pune City will give him the platform to express himself as we believe in his potential to become the one of the best midfielders in the league,” said Modwel.
Lucca, who joined Malaysian side Kelantan FA post his FC Goa stint, was also excited at this new adventure.
According to him, the Orange and Purple's boss, Antonio Habas, was the right man to help him progress in his career and achieve even greater heights.
“This certainly will be one of the biggest challenges of my career so far. The team has gathered some quality signings from India as well as abroad and with Antonio Habas at the helm of things, I am sure this will help me develop my career in the way and at the right club,” the youngster explained.
The former Atletico de Kolkata boss was also delighted with the young South American's signing.
He opined, “He was one of the best midfielders playing in the league last year. He is young, fast and will bring life to our midfield with his speed. That’s exactly why we decided to get him to our club FC Pune City.”
The club has already signalled its intentions of doing better this season by roping in Habas and a clutch of young Indian talents. This was after they had finished a miserable sixth and seventh in the last two seasons.