Odisha FC Sign Saul Crespo Prieto on 1-year Deal


Odisha FC announced the signing of Saul Crespo Prieto on a one-year deal for the upcoming Indian Super League season on Thursday. The Spanish defensive-midfielder made 119 career appearances for his boyhood club – Ponferradina, 55 appearances in La Liga 2, and 9 appearances in the prestigious Copa Del Rey.

Saul was born in Ponferrada, and joined SD Ponferradina’s youth setup in 2010. In 2015, he was loaned to Segunda División B side Atlético Astorga FC for the season. He made his senior debut on 19th September 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 away draw against UD Logrones. On 16th September, he signed a professional contract with Ponfe for three seasons. He scored his first goal on 10th April 2016, netting the equalizer at CD Guijuelo; he finished the campaign with 25 appearances. In August, he moved to fellow third division side Arandina CF.

Saul returned to his parent club in July 2017 and was immediately assigned to the main squad. In June of the following year, he renewed his contract with the club and contributed with one goal in 30 appearances in 2018–19 as his side returned to Segunda Division after three years.

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He made his professional debut in August 2019, coming on as a second-half substitute for Yuri de Souza against Cadiz CF.

“Saul is an exciting, dynamic young defensive midfielder with a lot of experience for his age (25 years). He has a lot of game time under his belt in the LaLiga 2, Segunda Division B & the Copa Del Rey. We are excited and looking forward to seeing Saul in action and wish him the best for the upcoming season,” Odisha FC said in a press release.

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