Getafe midfielder Borja Fernández to play for Kolkata


Getafe midfielder Borja Fernández’s first move outside his country will be to India and the City of Joy. The 33-year-old player announced via Twitter (@BorjaFF) in Spanish that he will play for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) club Atlético de Kolkata, which is co-owned by reigning Spanish champions Atlético de Madrid.

Fernández said via Twitter, “After 13 years in Spain, I’ve decided to take a break and experience an adventure abroad… Indian Super League: Atlético Madrid Kolkata.”

“Thanks to the teams who tempted me to have another season in Spain, but I may not have this opportunity again,” he said in his second tweet, also in Spanish.

Fernández, who played for Getafe last season, began his career at the Real Madrid academy and went on to play for the first team on a few occasions between 2003 and 2005. He has played 187 games in La Liga, also representing Mallorca, Real Valladolid and Deportivo La Coruna apart from Getafe and the capital club. He has also represented Spain at various age-level tournaments but failed to earn a senior cap.

He will be joining his Spanish compatriot Luis Garcia at the Kolkata club which will host its matches at the Salt Lake Stadium, the second-largest of its kind in the world with a capacity of 120,000.

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