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Official: Bengaluru FC sign India international Sandesh Jhingan

Bengaluru, Jan 12: Defending I-League champions Bengaluru FC have officially signed India international defender Sandesh Jhingan on loan from Kerala Blasters for the I-League 2016/17 season.

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Jhingan, 23, is one of the best central defenders in the country at the moment and his addition in the Bengaluru FC squad would add great value.

Sandesh Jhingan (Image courtesy: Bengaluru FC Twitter handle)

The club confirmed the news on their official Twitter handle. Their tweet read.

The defending champions can now boast of a very strong and well balanced squad. Keeping in mind their tough fixtures this season, the management has opted to sign so many quality players.

They will play the I-League and Federation Cup in the domestic circuit and they also have AFC Champions League/ AFC Cup commitments in their hands.

Bengaluru FC started their I-League title defending campaign on a high by beating Shillong Lajong 3-0 at home. Udanta Singh scored a brace and Sena Ralte netted a screamer in the game.

On signing the Indian defender, coach Albert Roca said: "In Jhingan, we have signed a player who can turn out as a central defender and provide cover in full-back positions.

"He is coming off the back of a very good ISL campaign and his introduction adds to a squad that will need his presence as we look to compete in both the I-League and the AFC competitions."

Jhingan sounded excited after joining the champions. Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It feels great to be here.

"Bengaluru FC are the champions and one of the best clubs in India right now, so it's an honour to have been approached by them. I had no doubts in my mind and when the offer came about I just said yes.

"Bengaluru FC are the champions, so to maintain the momentum and retain the top spot come the end of the season, is the main aim.

"What this club has is a complete and competitive squad, so for me personally, the aim is to fit in and help the team win matches."

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Story first published: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 13:05 [IST]
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