Reigning Indian Super League champions Hyderabad have completed the transfer of versatile Spanish player Borja Herrera. Having spent the last six months in Spanish fourth-tier side Tamaraceite, the 29-year-old arrives on a one-year contract and is excited for a new challenge in India.
“This is a very good opportunity for me. Hyderabad FC is a great project with great fans and are currently the Champions. I cannot wait to take on this new challenge,”he said in his first interview.
Born and raised in Las Palmas, Borja began his career at the Canary Islands Academy. He was a member of Manuel Marquez’s squad at Anexo Del Estadio Gran Canaria, and the two will now be reunited in Yellow and Black.
Borja is a versatile player who can fill a variety of roles across the pitch. He has played in all of Spain’s domestic leagues – including three LaLiga appearances for the first team of Las Palmas in the 2017/18 season – and also spent a season in Israel with Maccabi Netanya.
And according to Hyderabad boss Marquez, he will be an excellent addition to his squad.
“Borja is a complete and technically gifted player. From centre-back to centre-midfield, from a box-to-box role to playing as a winger, he is an effective option in the squad.”
“He was with me during my time with Las Palmas B and he also played in the La Liga with the first team. He has loads of experience in the Spanish second division and in other countries as well and is a good fit for our squad.”
The Nizams have recruited a large number of young players during the transfer window. Manoj Mohammad, Alex Saji, Ramhlunchhunga, and Soyal Joshy are among those who are being groomed for a bright future.
Senior players Bartholomew Ogbeche, Joel Chianese, Laxmikant Kattimani, and Sahil Tavora have also had their contracts extended by the club. Earlier in July, former Bilbao Athletic centre-back Odei Onaindia returned to the club to signed a one-year contract.
However, the club have lost Asish Rai to ATK Mohun Bagan, whilst Souvik Chakrabarti is reportedly set to join East Bengal in the near future.