Mumbai City FC ropes in Diego Mauricio to fill Ygor Catatau void

Mumbai City FC announced today, 21 January, the signing of Brazilian forward Diego Mauricio on a short-term deal lasting until May 31, 2022. The Brazilian has arrived in Goa and will undergo a mandatory quarantine before joining the Islanders’ camp.

Mauricio stated that he is eager to join the club as they aim to defend the Hero ISL title and play in the AFC Champions League.

“I am happy to be back in India and I am delighted to join the champions Mumbai City. I had a good experience last season playing in the ISL but I feel like I have a lot more to achieve in India. The expectations are high when you join a club of Mumbai City’s stature. I already know the ambition of the club is to win games and defend the ISL title and we will also be playing in the AFC Champions League which is a big motivation not only for me but for all the players. I am ready for the challenge and I can’t wait to get onto the pitch.”

Mauricio has previously played in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) when he represented Odisha FC in the 2020/21 season where he racked up 12 goals and 2 assists in 20 games.

Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham said, “I am delighted to be able to welcome Diego to the club. He possesses great quality and he has shown it in his time in the ISL last season. His familiarity with the competition will certainly help us and we’re confident that Diego can be an asset to the club. We look forward to having him join our group soon.”

Maurício joins the Islanders off the back of a short stint with Qatari second division side Al Shahania, where he was the top scorer with eight goals in nine games across all competitions.

Diego Mauricio comes in as a replacement for Ygor Catatau who left the Islanders and will return to his parent club Madureira Esporte Clube after serving the club in 11 matches scoring three goals and providing one assist.

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