Former Porto midfielder Machado joins Mumbai City

The Portuguese midfielder is the fifth foreign footballer to join the squad under head coach Jorge Costa.

Paulo Machado played at Porto under Mumbai City head coach Jorge Costa’s captaincy and will be joining the Mumbai City team that is in Thailand to prepare for the 2018 Indian Super League.   -  Getty Images

Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado has signed up for Mumbai City FC on a one-year deal, becoming the fifth foreign footballer to join the squad under head coach Jorge Costa, also from Portugal.

Machado, who played at Porto under Costa’s captaincy and will be joining the Mumbai City team that is in Thailand to prepare for the 2018 Indian Super League, won the Portuguese Cup with Aves before signing with the Indian Super League club.

A member of Porto’s youth setup, the midfielder spent five years with the club’s senior squad and later played on loan with Estrela Amadora, Uniao Leiria and Leixoes.

The 32-year-old’s first move away from home was with French side Saint-Etienne. He joined Toulouse in 2009-10 and remained there for three seasons before moving to Greece to play for Olympiacos. His stint with the latter included UEFA Champions League wins over Arsenal, Manchester United and Benfica in the 2013-14 season.

Machado moved to Croatia in 2014 to join Dinamo Zagreb and had a successful three seasons before returning home.

“Paulo has been a household name in top-level Portuguese and European football. He brings with him years of experience and a winning mentality,” Costa  said about the new signing.

Machado has also represented his country at the under-17 level, winning the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championships and also played at the Under-20, 21 and 23 levels before earning six appearances for the Portugal national squad.

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