Luis Garcia confirms on Twitter that he will be signing for Indian Super League club Atletico de Kolkata.
Former Liverpool attacking midfielder Luis Garcia has made a bizarre move, confirming on his Twitter account today that he is set to sign for Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League for next season.
I’m very exited to share with you my new challenge , I’ve decided to join Atlético de Kolkata…https://t.co/0MUp1LK619
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) July 7, 2014
The club are a new franchise that will be added to the league for the 2014 season, with Garcia becoming their ‘designated player’ – a rule similar to the one in place in the MLS that allows clubs to sign big-name stars without being hampered by salary caps.
Few household names have made the move to the Indian league, bucking the trend created by leagues in Australia, the USA and China, but that could be about to change if the move of Garcia is a success.
The Spaniard was brought to Anfield by Rafa Benitez and became a big hit at the club, with his performances being inconsistent but Garcia retaining a fine habit of popping up with crucial goals in big games, particularly during their stunning run to lifting the Champions League trophy.
The 36 year-old has played for a number of clubs since leaving Liverpool, including Spanish teams Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander, Greek side Panathinaikos and Puebla in Mexico.