Mumbai City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Alberto Noguera. The 32-year-old joins the Islanders on a one-year contract until May 2023.

The Spaniard joins from FC Goa and has been one of the most influential midfielders in the league in the last two Hero Indian Super League (ISL) seasons. In his time in India, Noguera has lifted the 2021 Durand Cup and has amassed 4 goals and 11 assists in the Hero ISL.

The Madrid-born midfielder came up through the ranks at Getafe before he was picked up by Atlético Madrid in July 2009, where he was instantly made the C team at the club. He was called into train with the first team senior squad under Quique Sánchez Flores and went on to make his La Liga debut against Levante UD in 2011.

Noguera left his native Spain in 2012 to explore playing opportunities abroad. He had short stints with Blackpool in England and FC Baku in Azerbaijan. However, in the summer of 2014, he returned to Spain for stints with CF Trival Valderas, CF Fuenlabrada and Lorca FC in the Spanish third tier.

The versatile player also helped Lorca FC to get promoted to the second tier back in 2017.  He then joined CD Numancia and was subsequently loaned out to Racing de Santander in the third tier till the end of the 2018-19 season.  

“I feel a sense of pride to be joining Mumbai City. There is ambition and hunger to win at this club and the philosophy here is to play attacking and beautiful football. I have seen it from the outside in my two years in the ISL and now I’m ready to help bring success to the club,” Noguera said after joining the club.

Head coach Des Buckingham hailed the experience that Noguera would bring to the table at Mumbai City FC and felt the Spaniard would add great strength to the side.

“Alberto is an excellent addition to our team and has shown consistently over recent seasons his ability to influence games in a way that will suit our style. He is a very experienced player who will also provide additional leadership to the group while allowing us to develop and adapt the way we want to play. I am delighted to have Alberto with us and I look forward to working with him.”

Noguera is the club’s second foreign acquisition this summer after signing Rostyn Griffiths earlier in the window.

The Islanders are eyeing a much-improved campaign this time around after the former champions failed to qualify for the semi-finals in Hero ISL 2021-22.

Jamshedpur FC appoint Stuart Watkiss as new assistant head coach

Just says after appointing Aidy Boothroyd as the club’s head coach, Jamshedpur FC have added to his backroom staff by appointing Stuart Watkiss as the club’s new assistant head coach on Saturday.

The former reserve and youth team coach at Hull City FC, Watkiss has prior experience of Indian football having managed Bharat FC in the Hero I-League between 2014 and 2016.

Watkiss is now looking forward to his second stint in India with Jamshedpur FC.

“I look forward to working with Aidy and the rest of the staff. And I also look forward to soaking in the unique atmosphere at the furnace,” Watkiss said in a message on Jamshedpur FC’s Twitter handle.