Chennaiyin FC completes the signing of Midfielder Cristian Battocchio
Battocchio represented the Italian national football team at youth level making 18 appearances for their U-20 and U-21 sides.
Chennaiyin FC have completed the signing of Cristian Battocchio as their fourth foreign acquisition of the new season, the club announced on Monday.
Battocchio has joined up with the rest of the squad in Guwahati and could be in contention to make their squad ahead of the Durand Cup quarterfinal.
“I’m very happy. I was waiting for the day that I come to India. I feel really good because the club and the coach wanted me here. The coach spoke to me and showed me that he had a plan for me here. I spoke to a lot of people and they had only good things to say about this club so I'm very happy to be here,” Argentina-born Battocchio told the club’s media team.
The midfielder kick started his career in Europe with Serie A outfit Udinese in 2009. He was named captain of their youth side before being called up to the first team where he also made three appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
“We’re delighted to bring Cristian Battocchio to the club. We’ve certainly been chasing him for a long time because he had a number of offers. But he understands what we are as a club and everything that is great about this club. We’re delighted to have a quality player who has had a fantastic career and we’re excited to have him put on the Chennaiyin shirt and make the fans proud,” Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle said on the 31-year-old’s acquisition.
In 2012, Battocchio moved to Watford where he made 66 appearances in the Championship and FA Cup among other competitions. He also had seven goals and five assists in his time there and won "Watford Goal of the Season" in 2012-13.
Born in Rosario, he also made 131 appearances for French side Stade Brestois 29. In the 2018-19 season he helped the team finish second in Ligue 2 earning promotion to the French first division (Ligue 1).
In 2019 he also scored a hat-trick for the club which was Brest’s first top-flight hat-trick in almost 29 years.
He has also played in Japan, Greece, Mexico and Israel. Battocchio also has 11 appearances in the UEFA Europa League for Israeli outfit, Maccabi Tel Aviv.
He has also represented the Italian national football team at youth level making 18 appearances for their U-20 and U-21 sides.