The 38-year-old has vast experience of playing in three divisions of the Spanish football.
Jamshedpur FC have announce the signing of Catalunyan forward Francisco Medina, commonly known as Piti. The former Catalunya international plays as a winger and is rumoured to be the replacement for departed Indian star winger Michael Soosairaj.
Soosairaj left Jamshedpur after a brilliant season for the Men of Steel that saw him finish as the top scorer of the team in the Indian Super League. The former Chennai City FC man played for Jamshedpur for a season and now has joined league rivals ATK.
???? THE WAIT IS OVER ????
‘Piti’ the #HeroISL defenders will have to go up against him! ????
— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) May 29, 2019
To replace the midfielder, Jamshedpur have now signed former Catalunyan international Piti on a year-long deal. The announcement of the 38-year-old’s acquisition would be made official soon by the ISL club.
Piti has played all his career in three different Spanish leagues. The player played in Segunda Division B with Real Zaragoza B and Rayo Vallecano before progressing with the latter to the Segunda Division. After spending three years in the second division, Rayo Vallecano were promoted to La Liga where Piti was a major hit in his second season, scoring 18 goals in the league.
“I am extremely happy to sign for Jamshedpur FC. Ever since the ISL was formed I always wanted to come to India and play football. I am thankful to Jamshedpur FC for providing me with this opportunity and trusting in my abilities. I want to help the club grow and work with the Indian players and share my experience with them,” Medina said after signing for the Men of Steel.
“I am looking forward to visiting the city as I have heard a lot of good things about the facilities and the fans. I hope to bring them a lot of joy. Jam ke Khelo Jamshedpur,” he added.
He has also played for other Spanish teams like Hercules and Granada. Apart from La Liga, Piti has the experience of playing in Cyprus’ first division league and more recently Greece’s top flight. The winger played for Greece first division sides Lamia and Larissa in the previous campaign, scoring two goals in the process.
The Men of Steel have already added the likes of Keegan Pereira and Joyner Lourenco to their defence and now Piti will join the former Chennaiyin FC man Isaac Vanmalsawma, as the attacking reinforcements for the upcoming ISL season. The forward would be expected to make up for the loss of goalscorers.
Jamshedpur have also bought Indian Arrows defenders Jitender Singh and Narender Gehlot and Ozone FC 16-year-old young goalkeeper Niraj Kumar. The Men of Steel have lost Dhanachandra Singh to Mohun Bagan and Jerry Mawihmingthanga to Delhi Dynamos, apart from Soosairaj.