Ishan Pandita becomes first Indian to sign for Spanish La Liga

Ishan Pandita becomes first Indian to sign for Spanish La Liga
Ishan Pandita becomes first Indian to sign for Spanish La Liga club

MUMBAI: It’s big news for Indian football. Ishan Pandita from Bengaluru has become the first Indian footballer to sign a professional contract with a club in one of the top five European leagues.

The 18-year-old has signed for CD Leganes in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football.

Pandita has inked a one-year deal with the club. The striker has signed for the main club, however, he will start his CD Leganes career with their U-19 side in the Division de Honor Juvenil, top tier of Spanish league system for youth players.

“It's a great feeling; it's a big moment for me. My first goal is to get some game-time and score a few goals. If I can progress from the youth team and debut for the first team before the end of the season, that will be great,” Pandita told to a national daily.

The academy director, Jorge Broto Benavente, at Leganes is impressed by Pandita’s physical attributes and ability to score goals. He, however, said that it will take a while for the Indian to make it to club's main team.

Ishan Pandita becomes first Indian to sign for Spanish La Liga club