ISL: Ex-Barcelona medio Pitu roped in by FC Pune City

Former Barcelona midfielder Pitu will be seen donning the colours of FC Pune City at the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League football, the club announced today.

A product of La Masia, Pitu made his senior debut in the 2005-06 season playing for the Barcelona B Team. He made his first-team appearance under Frank Rijkaard-led FC Barcelona in 2006 against Atletico Bilbao, coming in as a substitute.

Having played in the Spanish leagues, he last represented UE Llagostera, making a total of 145 league appearances since joining them in 2012.

FC Pune City's head coach Antonio Habas was excited at the prospect of having a Spanish player joining his team.

"Pitu has spent his career playing in the Spanish league with consistent performances, something that we were looking for our midfield. I am looking forward to him meeting up with the rest of the squad so (that) we can include him in our preparations," said Habas.

The player also expressed his excitement joining the ISL with FC Pune City.

"It's a new world for me. FC Pune City are lining up an exciting squad with a great mix of experience and youth and Spanish man Antonio Habas is at the helm. I hope my experience will be of great use to the boys in the side," he said.

The Pune ISL club's CEO Gaurav Modwel said Pitu's experience of playing in Spanish league would be a great plus for the team.

"Pitu is a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game. We now have a very talented and a creative organiser in midfield, an offensive player who moves the ball around intelligently and can assist our forwards," he said.

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