Kerala Blasters FC recruit Adrian Luna

Kochi (Kerala) [India], July 22 (ANI): Indian Super League (ISL) team Kerala Blasters FC announced the signing of midfielder Adrian Nicolas Luna Retamar on Thursday.

Luna, who made 24 appearances for Melbourne City in the A League last season, scoring three goals and four assists, started his career as a footballer in the youth academies of Club Atletico Progreso, Montevideo Wanderers and Defensor Sporting in Uruguay.

Eventually he was promoted to Defensor’s U-19 squad and first squad in 2010. Loan stints at Spanish clubs Espanyol, Gimnastic and CE Sabadell followed for the forward, who then returned to Defensor. in 2013. After two more seasons at the Uruguayan club, he moved to Mexico where he represented Tiburones Rojos and Venados FC.

In July 2019, Luna signed for Australia’s Melbourne City squad, making 51 appearances in two years for the Melbourne club.

A former Uruguayan U-17 and U-20 international, the 29-year-old has made 19 appearances for his national team in both age groups. He appeared in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011, scoring one goal each in both tournaments. In a club career spanning over 11 years, the attacking midfielder has made 336 appearances for all clubs, scoring 47 times and providing 46 assists.

Kerala Blasters FC sporting director Karolis Skinkys said: “Adrian Luna is a great caliber player, and I’m sure that will make our team stronger. Besides being a good playmaker and smart operator in tight spaces, I liked that Adrian was a hardworking player who always cares about the performance of the team. So I would like to welcome Adrian to join the Kerala Blasters family. Adrian Luna commented, “Very happy to join Kerala Blasters, the big family with the best fans in the country without. I look forward to training and meeting my teammates and all the technical staff. “Adrian Luna becomes the first foreign player this season for Kerala Blasters FC, and the fifth to arrive after Sanjeev Stalin, Hormipam Ruivah, Vincy Barreto and Harmanjot Khabra. (ANI)

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