SportsCafe.in – BANGALORE, ISL side Bengaluru FC have signed Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa ahead of the new season.
The playmaker has played his entire club career in Iran so far, including stints with top-tier sides like Esteghlal, Pars Jonoubi, and Machine Sazi, and also represented Iran U17, U20, and U23 national teams.
Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced the signing of Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa, on a deal that runs until the end of their 2021-22 campaign.
Basafa, who most recently turned out for Machine Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League, is Blues Head Coach Marco Pezzaiuoliâ€™s tenth signing of the summer.
A member of Iranâ€™s youth teams, Basafa has represented his national side at the U17, U20, and U23 levels. The move to Bengaluru sets up a first stint outside Iran for the 29-year-old, who expressed his excitement at being part of the BFC project.
â€śIâ€™m very happy to join Bengaluru FC and to come to a country like India where football is growing very fast. Iâ€™m excited for what lies ahead, for myself and for our team, and I hope to be able to contribute. BFC is a champion team with a good mentality, and I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and working hard for the season,â€ť Basafa said, after the formalities of his deal were completed.
Basafa, who started his youth career at Shahrdari Bandar Abbas, had several spells with teams in Iranâ€™s top divisions, before making his professional debut with Shahrdari Arak in 2012. He made hisÂ AFC Champions LeagueÂ bow with Esteghlal FC in 2014, and went on to play for Fajr Sepasi Shiraz, Malavan, Aluminium Arak, and Pars Jonoubi Jam, racking up over a 100 appearances in the Azadegan League.
â€śIman is a player who is comfortable in different positions in the midfield. Heâ€™s someone who has a physical presence, is good with his head, and possesses traits of a leader. He is also someone who likes to shoot from distance. With his experience and presence, he will strengthen the squad and we look forward to welcoming him soon,â€ť said Pezzaiuoli.
The Blues take on NorthEast United in theirÂ Indian Super LeagueÂ opener, at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, on November 20th.