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Former Real Betis Defender joins ATK

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The 30-year-old central defender, who came through the academy and youth set-up at Lleida, has decided to render his services to Kolkata based ISL outfit ATK.

Jordi, who has played as a central defender for La Liga clubs like Celta, Real Betis and Real Valladolid, has been roped in by ATK to strengthen their defence.

Besides playing in first and second division Spanish Clubs, Jordi has also performed at the Copa del Rey, Russian Premier division league Premier Liga and Turkish Super Lig. The former Rubin Kazan player also played for Club Brugge KV from the Belgian Pro League which featured in the UEFA Europa League.

“We welcome Jordi to our ATK family. Our coaching staff believes in his abilities as a central defender and feels he will be an ideal fit in our scheme of things for the upcoming season,” ATK principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said in a statement.

Jordi said he was delighted to get a chance to experience Indian football through ATK.

“India is gaining popularity in the global arena post the onset of ISL as we are being able to meet new fans and play some exciting football. I am eagerly looking forward to getting to know my teammates, contribute to our game plan and earn many fans from India,” said Jordi.