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ISL: Hyderabad FC sign former RCD Mallorca midfielder Joao Victor

ISL: Hyderabad FC sign former RCD Mallorca midfielder Joao Victor

The Bridge Desk

Published: 28 Aug 2020 11:02 AM GMT

On Friday, Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Hyderabad FC confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Joao Victor who was once a regular for La Liga side RCD Mallorca.

The 31-year-old defensive medio joins one a one-year deal from Greek club OFI Crete F.C. Victor became a free agent after his contract ran out at the end of the 2019-20 season and his representatives reached out to ISL clubs. Kerala Blasters was reportedly keen on the player but Hyderabad acted quickly to secure his services.

With the possibility of losing coach Albert Roca to Spanish football giants FC Barcelona looming large, Hyderabad have started to wrap up their foreign transfers quickly. It is understood that Australian winger Joel Chianese has put pen to paper and an announcement can be expected in the next fortnight.

The team is undergoing a complete transformation after finishing last in their debut season in the ISL. They have been looking at foreign signings for a while now. Victor comes with bags of experience having played in multiple countries including Spain, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. He has also featured in the UEFA Europa League as well as the AFC Champions League.

“I am very happy to have signed for Hyderabad FC. It’s an exciting project and a good challenge for me given the composition of the team. We have a nice mix of experienced and young Indian players in the squad, and I hope that my experience helps the team on the field. I am eager to join up with my teammates soon and get back into action,” Victor said after signing.

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