Delhi Dynamos acquires defender Marti Crespi Pascual

The 31-year-old Spanish centre-back is the club’s fifth foreign signing this season.

Marti Crespi Pascual played for China's Nei Mongol Zhongyou earlier. Photo: Getty Images

Spanish centre-back Marti Crespi Pascual has signed up to play for Delhi Dynamos for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season, the club announced on Thursday. The 31-year-old defender joins his new team after completing his stint with Chinese outfit Nei Mongol Zhongyou.

Born in Sa Pobla, Spain, Crespi started his career with Spanish side Mallorca before joining Elche, Granada and Xerez on loan. In 2013, he moved to Racing Santander (in the Spanish top division) where he spent six months before joining CE Sabadell FC in Segunda B.

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After spending two seasons with the Spanish outfit, Crespi shifted base to China where he represented the likes of Qingdao Huanghai and Nei Mongol in the span of three years. He also represented the Spanish national team in the U-19 and U-20 categories.

‘Simple decision’

The Segunda B winner becomes the fifth foreign signing of the club and will join the team in Kolkata for a pre-season activity later this week.

“I am really looking forward to this new challenge. It was a simple decision for me to move once Josep Gombau called me and explained his plans with Dynamos. I am hoping I can add a lot to this side,” Crespi said.

“He is a defender who fits in perfectly into our style of play and we are happy he has agreed to join us. He adds a lot of experience to this side and having played in China will definitely help Crespi adapt to the conditions here as well,” Josep Gombau, the head coach, said.