Chennaiyin FC signs Spanish-born Italian medio Andrea Orlandi
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Chennaiyin FC signs Spanish-born Italian medio Andrea Orlandi

Chennai, Aug 06: Indian Super League title holders Chennaiyin FC on Monday announced signing of Spanish-born Italian midfielder Andrea Orlandi on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old joins CFC on a free transfer after a spell with Italian Serie B side Novara. ''Orlandi, who is set to adorn the No 10 jersey, is naturally left-footed and can operate in attacking midfield as well as on the wings besides being a threat from set-pieces'', a CFC release here said.

New signing Orlandi, who had a brief spell with FC Barcelona early in his career, would embark on his first stint in Asia and India. He would join a familiar face in CFC right-back and fan favourite Inigo Calderon, with whom he played in his formative years at Spanish side Alaves and then later at Brighton and Hove Albion in England’s Championship from 2012 to 2014. (UNI)