Diego Forlan has confirmed his move to Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC on a three-month deal.
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Uruguay’s star striker Diego Forlan has revealed that he will be representing the Mumbai-based franchise in the upcoming Indian Super League season.
The 37-year-old spent the previous season with his boyhood club Penarol, and scored 8 goals in 31 appearances, helping them win the Apertura title in the process.
Upon the conclusion of the campaign, however, Forlan announced that he won’t be returning to the club, and has now revealed his decision to play the beautiful game in India.
Speaking of his move to India, he stated: “They want to grow football, something that is understandable given the population. Next year they want to extend it to seven months and then to a whole year. For now, though, it is three months [my contract].”
He added: “The expectations continue to grow each year, more spectators, more TV viewers. It is something understandable given the population, but they want to grow it on an even bigger scale so they are bringing in players from other leagues.”
The former Manchester United, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid star won’t be the first big name to wear the Blue of Mumbai City, however, as he follows the footsteps of Fredrik Ljungberg and Nicholas Anelka. The former Arsenal midfielder spent one season with the club, whereas the French forward spent two – first as a player, and second as a player-manager.
And as Mumbai’s brand new marquee player, Diego Forlan will try his best to light the ISL up with his experience and lethal nature in front of goal.