Emami East Bengal has made a significant addition to their squad for the upcoming 2023-24 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) by acquiring the services of Spanish midfielder Borja Herrera. After the culmination of his one-year contract with Hyderabad FC in May 2023, Borja joined the Kolkata-based club on a free transfer, subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Borja’s versatility and attacking capabilities were on full display as he featured in all 22 matches of the Hero ISL for Hyderabad FC, in addition to five matches in the Durand Cup and three games in the Hero Super Cup. Impressively, he netted five goals and provided nine assists, proving himself as a valuable asset to the team. It is worth noting that Borja also made defensive contributions when needed, highlighting his well-rounded skill set.

During his tenure with Hyderabad FC, Borja played a pivotal role in the team’s journey to the semi-finals of the Hero ISL for the second consecutive year. The Spanish midfielder showcased his prowess in the midfield, contributing four goals, five assists, and creating 32 chances in his debut season in the Hero ISL.

Debabrata Mukherjee, representing the Emami Group, expressed his enthusiasm regarding Borja’s inclusion in Emami East Bengal. He commended the midfielder’s experience and leadership qualities, emphasizing that his presence would fortify the team both on and off the field. The acquisition of a player of Borja’s caliber is expected to bring a new dimension to the club’s performance in the upcoming season.

For Borja Herrera himself, joining Emami East Bengal represents an exciting opportunity to be part of a club with an ardent and passionate fan base. The prospect of participating in the iconic Kolkata derby holds particular appeal for the Spanish midfielder. Eager to embark on his footballing journey in India once again, Borja expressed his delight and anticipation. He acknowledged the rich legacy of East Bengal and embraced the offer to join this esteemed club without hesitation.

Furthermore, Borja expressed his eagerness to experience the intensity of the Kolkata Derby, known as one of the most significant derbies in Asia. The Spanish midfielder conveyed his gratitude to Coach Carles, the Emami Group, and the club for recognizing his experience and placing their trust in him. Borja’s arrival at Emami East Bengal is set to invigorate the squad and contribute to the team’s pursuit of success in the upcoming ISL season.

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