I wanted to play only for FC Goa: Edu Bedia after signing contract extension
FC Goa’s Spanish midfielder Edu Bedia has reiterated his love for the club after signing a one-year contract extension with the Gaurs that is set to take him into a sixth season with the club.
Bedia who signed for FC Goa in 2017, has been a key figure in their midfield across head coaches and is set to pull the strings for new head coach Carlos Pena who was Bedia’s teammate when the Gaurs won the League Winners’ Shield in Hero ISL 2019-20.
The 33-year-old midfielder admitted that he fell in love with the club, its style of play and the place when he first arrived, and feels at home in Goa.
“I told Ravi (Puskur, director of football) many times (last season). I want to play only in FC Goa. If not, I’ll try to get another offer from a club in Spain. After this, I am going to play only in FC Goa,” Bedia who had expressed his desire to play for the Gaurs for ten years when he had joined, told The Times of India in an interview on Friday.
The Spaniard is a warrior on the pitch for the Gaurs much to the joy of the fans. He often goes his full extent to help the club even if it means upsetting the rival supporters.
“I play for my team, my teammates, for FC Goa fans. I don't play for other fans, other teams, other players. Sometimes I don't like (what I am doing), but you have to kill time, create a little fight to finish the game and ensure you have the maximum points,”he said.
“If, for example, in minute 85, we are up one-nil and have suffered a lot in this moment, my job is to ensure that we keep the score. I know not everyone likes, but these things are important in professional football. You have to do this for your club,” he added.
Bedia is now waiting to get going under Pena who he believes will have a great stint in Goa despite his lack of experience as a head coach.
“People speak that he does not have experience as coach. He was a player for 15 years in Spain, in the best league, in first and second division. You don’t need more experience than that,” said Bedia.
FC Goa had an underwhelming campaign last season where they finished ninth in the league. Pena is tasked with a rebuild of the team and his compatriot Bedia will be central to his plans.
The 33-year-old who has 10 goals and 13 assists to his name in the Hero ISL will hope to once again make their midfield tick.