FC Pune City ropes in Spanish forward Jesus Tato

Indian Super League (ISL) team FC Pune City and coach Antonio Habas will be hoping a forward line of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jesus Toto will form a great partnership.

FC Pune signs Jesus Tato

"Having played in Spain for most of my career, adapting to new culture, new style and different players will be a challenge I will relish and hope it will make me a better player,” said Tato after signing for FC Pune City.   -  FC Pune city

Pune, Sep 20 (PTI) Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City has confirmed the signing of Spanish forward Jesus Tato for the 2016 edition of the league.

The Spanish footballer, who will make his debut in the ISL with this move to the Pune club, will offer versatility for manager Antonio Habas, who already has veteran striker Eidur Gudjohnsen in his ranks.

“Tato adds versatility to our frontline. He can play forward as well as on wings as per the team’s requirements. His experience of playing in the Spanish leagues means his skill sets are up there and he will be an asset for FC Pune City,” said the team’s CEO Gaurav Modwell.

Tato is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy and has played for its youth teams. He has also represented the Spanish U-16 and U-20 squads. The striker went on to play for clubs such as Murcia, Albacete, Xerez, Las Palmas, Girona, Zaragoza in his senior career.

Head coach Antonio Habas was pleased to have another ward from his homeland joining forces with him at FC Pune City.

“Tato is a player with a solid work ethic and is also a thorough team player to say the least. His attacking mindset makes him a dangerous player in any position that he plays. I welcome him to his new home and hope he makes the difference he is expected to make to the side.”

Making his ISL debut, Tato said he was excited at the prospect of playing the sport out of his comfort zone.

“I am turning a new page in my career. Having played in Spain for most of my career, adapting to new culture, new style and different players will be a challenge I will relish and hope it will make me a better player.”

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