Transfer Wrap: Hyderabad FC sign Spanish midfielder Borja Herrera; Pritam Kotal extends stay at ATK Mohun Bagan

To continue their champion mentality and put forth a stronger Hero Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, champions Hyderabad FC have completed the signing of the versatile Spanish midfielder Borja Herrera, the club announced the signing through their social media handles, on Friday.

The 29-year-old joins the club on a one-year deal and is looking forward to a new challenge in India.

“This is a very good opportunity for me. Hyderabad FC is a great project with great fans and are currently the Champions. I cannot wait to take on this new challenge,” said Borja Herrera, after penning his new deal.

Born and brought up in Las Palmas, Borja started off with the academy in the Canary Islands. He was a part of the squad at Anexo Del Estadio Gran Canaria during Manolo Marquez’s time at the club and the duo will now be reunited in Yellow and Black.

Landing in India with loads of experience under his belt, Borja is a versatile player who can play in a variety of roles all across the field. He has been effective across all domestic leagues in Spain and has also spent a season in Israel with Maccabi Netanya.

And Coach Manuel believes that Borja will be an excellent addition to his squad.

“Borja is a complete and technically gifted player. From centre-back to centre-midfield, from a box-to-box role to playing as a winger, he is an effective option in the squad,” said Manolo.

“He was with me during my time with Las Palmas B and he also played in the La Liga with the first team. He has loads of experience in the Spanish second division and in other countries as well and is a good fit for our squad,” he added.

Pritam Kotal signs ATK Mohun Bagan contract extension

Defender Pritam Kotal is set to stay at ATK Mohun Bagan for a third successive season, the club announced his extension through their social media handles, on Friday.

Having a commanding presence in the Mariners’ backline, Kotal is a bankable defender and shapes the defence under the regime of Juan Ferrando.

A veteran name, Kotal has been of paramount importance to the Mariners’ in the Hero ISL. The defender clocked up 65 clearances, 62 tackles, 47 blocks, and 46 interceptions across 22 games in Juan Ferrando’s run-up to the semi-finals of the Hero ISL 2021-22 season.

The 28-year-old, who also forms a core part of the Blue Tigers’ backline, has been lauded by several experts and pundits for his excellent defending skills, with the former proving so time and again.

Kotal has plied his trade for several Hero ISL clubs and was also part of the ATK FC side during their title-winning season in 2016.

The contract extension of Pritam Kotal ensures that Juan Ferrnado’s side have enormous squad depth coupled with experienced players in demanding positions, shaping well to prove their might as the title contender for the upcoming Hero ISL season.

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