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Hyderabad FC’s Juanan: Want to get started as soon as possible!

Experienced Spanish defender Juanan completed his move to Hyderabad FC on Monday. A league and a cup winner in the past, the 34-year-old will have a crucial role to play in Manolo Marquez’s squad next season.

On his assessment of ISL and its quality…

I think the quality of the league is improving every year. There are new overseas players joining every season, and this is important because it gives the Indian youngsters a chance to learn new things from players who have experience of playing in different countries. I really enjoy playing in the ISL. The organization, the tv interviews, the fans – it is getting better every year and I am really happy here.

On helping youngsters at Hyderabad FC…

I think my experience playing in this country and in this league will be really important. I like to talk to them, help them improve. This communication is important for the progress of the club, and I am really happy to play with youngsters in India.

On his successful career in India…

Winning trophies is really important. The feeling it gives you cannot be put in words. Before I came to the country, I had never won a trophy in my career. Winning the league was a moment I can never forget. My family were in the stadium, the look on my kids’ face is something that will stay with me and it was a really important moment in my career.

Of course, the Super Cup and the Federation Cup were also special but my first league trophy in the country was a real memorable moment for me.

On playing in different leagues…

When I first arrived in India, I had played in the big league and there was a lot of difference in quality. However, in my five years here, I must say it has gotten a lot better. It might take a few more years to raise the level even more, but youngsters coming in are improving every year and that is what is important.

On signing for Hyderabad FC…

I am really happy to have signed for the club. The first time I spoke to Manolo Marquez, I instantly knew I wanted to play my next season with Hyderabad FC. We have a really good squad, a good coach and I think this is a really important year for the club. I would like to get started as soon as possible.

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