East Bengal sign Bernard Mendy to fill vacant fourth foreigner slot
I-league club East Bengal have boosted their title garnering chances as they have acquired the services of French defender Bernard Mendy. The 34-year old signs for the Kolkata club, after a successful stint with ISL franchise Chennaiyin FC, which saw them lift the second edition trophy.
A senior East Bengal official said, “the deal is almost done and we have reached an agreement. All that is left to complete are the visa formalities. We are expecting him in Kolkata this week itself.” Mendy’s arrival comes as a massive surprise to the Indian football fraternity, as Ghanaian striker Bright Lukman was touted to fill the final fourth foreigner spot.
In fact, East Bengal officials had confirmed Lukman’s arrival, however, he decided against coming to India in the final moment. East Bengal Football Secretary, Santosh Bhattacharya also confirmed that Lukman had put pen to paper for the club.
The Red and Gold Brigade made an impressive start to the season, after defeating Sporting Clube de Goa, 3-1. Ranti Martins notched up an impressive brace, as youngster Bikash Jairu completed the scorers list. East Bengal are currently joint top of the table with local rivals Mohun Bagan.
Prior to the ISL, Mendy had an eight year stint with top French Ligue 1 club Paris St. Germain (PSG), before moving to erstwhile Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderes on loan. He would then go onto permanently sign for Hull City, spending a couple of seasons with them.
East Bengal are yet to confirm whether Mendy will be available for their next I-league fixture against Mumbai FC.
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