Mexican Striker Anibal Zurdo Joins FC Pune City

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Pune: Indian Super League club FC Pune City on Thursday reinforced their forward line by roping in Mexican striker Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez for this season beginning in October.

The 33-year old will make his debut in the Indian Super League with this move to the Pune side. Rodriguez said he was looking forward to meet his new family — his FC Pune City teammates, team management and fans.

“I hope to create a strong relationship with everyone involved with this club. This is a new chapter in my career. I will do everything in my abilities for FC Pune City to achieve their ultimate goal,” he said.

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Rodriguez started his career with Atletico Madrid playing for their youth team. He then graduated and went on to play for Spanish clubs like Deportivo Guadalajara, Mostoles, Valencia ‘B’ and CE Sabadell FC scoring over 100 goals. His best performances came while donning CE Sabadell FC kit where he scored 28 goals in 74 appearances. Head coach Antonio Habas was pleased with the new signing.

“Anibal is a quality striker, for his speed and overall work rate are characteristics that I admire. I’m very excited at the prospect of working with him now for the benefit of FC Pune City,” Habas said.

FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel sounded upbeat with the signing of the experienced centre forward.

“Anibal’s experience of playing in the Spanish league will be very valuable to the team. His speed combined with attacking instincts in the opponents box will surprise our fans and rivals alike. In addition to his performances on the pitch, I am sure that he will be a great influence in the dressing room too,” he said.