Guwahati: NorthEast United FC is pleased to announce the signing of Nestor Albiach, fondly known as El Lince, for the 2023-24 season. The Spanish forward becomes the third new foreign recruit and the seventh new signing for the Highlanders.
Nestor’s football journey began at the age of six with Levante. The versatile attacker has plied his trade largely in Spain and the Czech Republic, including a stint with record 13-time Czech First League champions, Sparta Prague, for whom he also featured in the UEFA Europa League. After returning to Spain in 2019, he featured for clubs like Badalona and Numancia over the next two and a half seasons. And in 2021, he moved to Rayo Majadahonda, becoming a key personnel in their attack and amassing over 70 appearances for the club.
Excited about embarking on his new venture in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), Nestor Albiach said, "I am thrilled and happy with the opportunity to play in India and in the Hero ISL. Joining NorthEast United FC is a significant responsibility, and I made this decision because of the trust they placed in me and the ambitious nature project of the project currently underway."
The 30-year-old is the second Spanish recruit of the summer, and head coach Juan Pedro Benali revealed the strategic thinking behind the latest acquisition. "Nestor is a very special player with the ability to feature across the attacking line. His presence will infuse our young team with quality and experience. As a seasoned player, he will also serve as a mentor and guide our talented youngsters towards achieving our collective objectives," exclaimed Benali.
NorthEast United FC CEO Mandar Tamhane expressed his excitement about Nestor Albiach's signing, saying, "We are thrilled to have Nestor join our ranks, given his exceptional skills, vast experience, and immense potential. We firmly believe that he will elevate the quality of our squad, adding depth and firepower to our attack. With his talent, we are confident he will thrive in the Hero ISL and play a pivotal role in propelling our club to new heights."
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