Bangalore: Bengaluru FC (BFC) Friday have roped in Spanish winger Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernández Marcos on a one-year-deal, the club stated in a press release.
The 28-year-old winger who can also operate as a second striker and a playmaker becomes the sixth foreigner in the current squad and ninth Spaniard to play for the Blues since 2013. He also becomes the second new foreigner for the season behind the Bhutanese Chencho Gyeltsen who joined ten days ago.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity of playing for Bengaluru FC. They are a big team in the region and I am eager and excited to come to India,” Xisco said.
Born in Palma in Mallorca, Xisco came through the youth ranks of local giants RCD Mallorca before making his senior debut with the reserves in the 2008–09 season.
After a two-year spell with the reserves, he moved to CD Puertollano in Segunda Division B the following season before returning to Mallorca B in 2011.
After short spell with Gimnastic de Tarragona (2016) in the Segunda Division, he returned to Atletico Baleares midway through the season. His second spell with the Mallorca-based side saw him notch up 21 league goals in 66 league appearances.
His second spell with the Balearic Island giants saw him finally break into the first team playing in the Copa Del Rey against fellow La Liga giants Sporting Gijon.
In fact, during the 2016-17 season, Xisco was an ever-present figure in the Baleares squad featuring 36 times and scoring 13 goals to help them finish fourth and seal qualification to the promotion play-offs and the Copa Del Rey.
“I realise the responsibility of playing for one of the best teams in the country is huge. It is going to be a challenge for me, but I am very happy to belong to Blue family now and I will be giving my very best,” Xisco stated.