PANAJI: FC Goa have completed the signing of Spaniard Ivan Gonzalez on a permanent deal after the defender ended his contract with Cultural Leonesa. The defender -- who has signed an initial two-year contract -- becomes the Gaurs' fifth acquisition this off-season, following the arrivals of Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Igor Angulo and Jorge Ortiz.
Gonzalez, upon completion of his move, stated: "I'm really happy to be here. It's a great opportunity. The project was really appealing. And in the space of a few years, the club has become a big name in India, and it is a brilliant chance for me to progress with my career.
"I have more to offer than just being a defender. I, of course, defend, but I like to play with the ball and build up the game from the back, and I think that is something I'm good at.
"I have worked previously with Juan Ferrando and I had a word with him as well. And I would say that the club and the coach's vision completely align with mine and that really was a big pull.
"We finished at the top of the table last season, something we would love to repeat. There is a Champions League campaign also at hand. I'm looking forward to everything that's coming. At the moment, I just want to get started." IANS