FC Goa retain Jofre Mateu for the third season of Indian Super League

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Goa, July 19: Indian Super League side FC Goa have retained Spanish midfielder Jofre Mateu Gonsales for the third season.

The Spanish midfielder is returning for his second stint at the ISL club. Earlier he had played for Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural season of the tournament.

FC Goa retain Spanish midfielder Jofre Mateu (FC Goa twitter handle)

An official statement from the club stated:

"The Catalan native, who was ever present figure in the side, excelled for the Goan club last year and managed to score four goals while operating from an advanced position in Brazilian legend Zico's midfield. He was also responsible for laying on four assists and managed to truly endear himself amongst the Goan faithful."

The Spanish midfielder becomes the first foreign signing and the second signing of the season for the club. FC Goa had earlier signed talismanic Indian striker Robin Singh.

After resigning a contract extension, Jofre said: "I'm very happy to re-sign with FC Goa again. We had a great campaign last year and the people of Goa really made me feel welcome.

"I felt an instant connect with the Goan crowds who came to watch our matches and they played a huge role in inspiring us on our path to the final.

"I can’t wait to experience more of the same passionate support this year. Just like last year, I will give it my all for the club on and off the pitch."

In an official statement, a club spokesperson said, "Jofre is a true fan favourite last year and made a huge impact for us on the pitch on well. He scored crucial goals for us in the final stages of the league matches to help us finish top and also scored in the semi final as well as the final."

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