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Ishan Pandita becomes 1st Indian to sign for Spanish club

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 5, 2016, 1:32 pm IST
Updated Oct 5, 2016, 3:05 pm IST
The 18-year-old from Bengaluru has signed for CD Leganes in La Liga, the top tier team of Spanish football.
Pandita will start his Leganes career with Leganes' U-19 side in the Division de Honor Juvenil. (Photo: Facebook/Praful Patel)
 Pandita will start his Leganes career with Leganes' U-19 side in the Division de Honor Juvenil. (Photo: Facebook/Praful Patel)

Mumbai: It’s big news for Indian football. Ishan Pandita from Bengaluru has become the first Indian footballer to sign a professional contract with a club in one of the top five European leagues.

The 18-year-old has signed for CD Leganes in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. The club presently sits at 11th position with 10 points; they defeated Granada 1-0 in their last Liga game.

 

Pandita has inked a one-year deal with the club. The striker has signed for the main club, however, he will start his CD Leganes career with their U-19 side in the Division de Honor Juvenil, top tier of Spanish league system for youth players.

“It's a great feeling; it's a big moment for me. My first goal is to get some game-time and score a few goals. If I can progress from the youth team and debut for the first team before the end of the season, that will be great,” Pandita told to a national daily.

The academy director, Jorge Broto Benavente, at Leganes is impressed by Pandita’s physical attributes and ability to score goals. He, however, said that it will take a while for the Indian to make it to club's main team.

Leganes currently sits at the 8th position in group V of the Division de Honor Juvenil league.

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