Official: FC Pune City sign Bruno Arias and Andre Bikey

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Pune, July 26: Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City have signed midfielders Bruno Arias and Andre Bikey from NorthEast United FC.

Bruno Arias had previously played in Indian Super League for Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United in the first and second season respectively.

Andre Bikey joins FC Pune City

After roping in the two players, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said: "Bruno is one of the finest passers in ISL. His experience in anchoring the centre will be of great value to the team. Andre on the other hand is a strong character and has all round abilities to play according to the team's needs. I'm sure all our young players will have a lot to learn from Bruno and Andre both."

After signing for the Pune franchise, Bruno Arias said. "I am thankful to FC Pune City for providing me a new challenge. Can't wait to join Spanish manager (Antonio) Habas and others at FC Pune City. Fans can expect nothing less than 100 % from me."

Bruno Arias is a product of La Liga Sevilla FC's youth system. He had played in the La Liga with Real Murcia.

Andre Bikey has played Cameroon national football team in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Bikey is a central defender primarily, who can also play in midfield, started his career with Spanish side Espanyol.

He has also played for English side Reading on loan in 2006 before completing a permanent transfer a year later for £1m, making over 70 appearances for the Berkshire side.

Andre Bikey was excited about his move to Pune. "I am thrilled to be a part of FC Pune City. It's good to come back and play in this ever-growing league with a professional outfit like this. My efforts will be to ensure Orange Army has more reasons to cheer."

On the signings, FC Pune City coach Antonio Habas said: "Bruno always has had a powerful presence, competing for every ball, and putting his opponents under constant pressure. His ability with the ball to navigate it away from the opposition and feed it to the forwards is impeccable. Bikey adds depth to our defensive unit and as and when team needs, he is more than capable of slipping into the role of a midfielder too."

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