Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters have announced the signing of experienced Spanish midfielder Vicente Gomez ahead of the 2020/21 season.
32 year old Las Palmas-born José Vicente Gómez Umpiérrez came through the youth system of local Canary islands based side AD Huracán, where he also made his professional debut.
Thereafter he joined UD Las Palmas in 2009, where he first played for their ‘B’ team and then played eight seasons for the first team across LaLiga and LaLiga 2.
In 2018, Vicente Gomez joined Deportivo de La Coruna and played for the LaLiga 2 over the last two seasons before now moving to India.
Vicente Gomez said, “I wanted to have an international soccer experience, this season. The opportunity came up, and I am excited about both playing for the club and being a part of the Indian Super League. In the yellow of Las Palmas, I have competed in the most important stadiums in Spain, and against several of the best players in the world: Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo. Today, it is an honour for me to announce the start of a new stage in India by playing in the yellow of Kerala Blasters, my favourite colour. I am elated to be a part of my new family and have great respect towards the fans of this brilliant club. At the start of my journey, I would also like to thank Karolis and Kibu, the Sporting Director and Head Coach of the club, for placing their trust in me. Together we will try and achieve successes and titles.”
Kerala Blasters sporting director Karolis Skinkys said, “He’s a master of football who is going to be a big presence in our midfield. Kerala Blasters is only the third club in Vicente’s professional career. This is unbelievable consistency at that level and a guaranteed quality signing for us. I am just as excited as our supporters, about Vicente joining the club.”
— K e r a l a B l a s t e r s F C (@KeralaBlasters) September 23, 2020