Aridane Santana joins ISL franchise Hyderabad FC
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ISL: Spaniard Aridane Santana Joins Hyderabad FC

September 17, 2020

Spanish striker Aridane Santana has been signed on a one-year deal by Hyderabad FC for the upcoming Indian Super League or ISL season.

The 33-year-old forward was a part of the Odisha FC last season and in 14 ISL matches, Santana had scored nine goals, apart from providing two assists.

However and injury cut short his stint with the team as he had to leave the franchise midway.

Santana expressed his delight after signing for Hyderabad and suggested that he is looking forward to work with coach Manolo Marquez.

"I am very happy to sign for Hyderabad FC," the Spaniard said.

"I have known Manolo Marquez from his previous clubs in Spain, and he is definitely one of the top coaches," he added.

"I am excited to come down to India and meet up with my new teammates and get ready for the season," he further said.

Welcoming Santana, Hyderabad FC boss Manolo Marquez said, "Aridane will be an important player for us in the season."

"He is the typical striker – strong, a good header of the ball, holds up possession, someone with a good shot, and a hard worker," he added.

"He has shown all these things last season at Odisha and we’ve all seen how important he was for them," Manolo added.

"The good thing is that he knows Indian football and the ISL, so settling in won’t be a hassle," he further said.

His experience in Thailand will also help us, with the League set to take place in Goa, and we’re very excited to have him," the Hyderabad FC  boss added.

It may be mentioned here that Aridane Santana becomes the fifth foreign signing of Hyderabad this season.

They had earlier signed Australian striker Joel Chianese, Brazilian midfielder Joao Victor and Spanish midfielder Lluis Sastre.

They had also retained Spaniard Nestor Gordillo from last season.

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