Mumbai: Mumbai City FC has retained central defender Lucian Goian to strengthen the defense of the team for the next two seasons of the Indian Super League. Goian was considered as the top three defenders due to his wealth of experience and strong performance in the last season. Goian will join Amrinder Singh and Sehnaj Singh who were also retained by Mumbai City FC for the upcoming season. In addition, the team has picked some of India’s finest domestic football talent at the recently concluded Player Draft, making up for yet another formidable season.
The 34-year-old represented the Romania U21 national team and has spent the majority of his career playing in the top division of the Romanian League and emerged a two-time Romanian Cup Winner. He has represented top clubs such as Dinamo București in the UEFA Champions League. Goian has played under Coach Alexandre Guimaraes at the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.
Lucian joined A-League side Perth Glory FC after the conclusion of ISL 2016. Mumbai City FC’s Head Coach Alexandre Guimaraes said “I didn't have to think twice about asking Lucian to return. He was a leader on and off the field, and was an integral part of our campaign last season.
"Ranbir Kapoor, Team owner, Mumbai City FC said, “Thrilled to have our wall back! Lucian was excellent for us last season.It's a longer season with new challenges and responsibilities, and I have complete faith that Lucian will be able to lead our defense.”
After extending his stay at the club, Lucian Goian said, “It’s great to be back in Mumbai. I have a great working relationship with Coach Alex, and my experience in the ISL was top notch. Everyone at the club- owners, management and fans treated me extraordinarily well. It’s a longer season this time so I'm sure my family would also love to be back, especially Luca, my son, who had a great time last year. Looking forward to another great season and hopefully this time bringing back the trophy for the fans.”