Ishan Pandita became the first Indian to sign for a Spanish first division club when he signed up a one-year contract with Club Deportivo Leganes #Hindustan360

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Ishan Pandita became the first Indian to sign for a Spanish first division club when he signed up a one-year contract with Club Deportivo Leganes. View more at #Hindustan360.


Ishan Pandita became the first Indian to sign for a Spanish first division club when he signed up a one-year contract with Club Deportivo Leganes. It was Pandit’s childhood dream to play in a European first division club, one that was fulfilled. However, the 18-year-old forward has signed up for the U-19 side, which plays in the Division Honour de Juvenil, the first division for under-19 players in Spain.

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s youth teams also feature in the U-19 division and this means that Pandita will get an opportunity to impress against the youth teams of the La Liga giants.

He even featured in the BDCA’s A division and C division state level football leagues for the Student Unions and the Bangalore Yellows. In 2012 the youngster showcased his talents at the ‘Airtel Rising Star’, a talent hunt organised by 20-time Premier League champions Manchester United at Bengaluru. Pandita was picked among 2,000 candidates and that boosted his confidence.

In 2014, Pandita joined the Intersoccer Madrid football academy in Spain. This Madrid-based academy helped him to secure a berth in Alcobendas CF, a feeder club for Atletico Madrid.

Pandita is a huge fan of Liverpool in the Premier League while he supports Real Madrid in the La Liga. He has many favourite players who he follows including Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ishan Pandita is now set to feature for the U-19 side of Leganes so that he can gain enough experience to compete in the Spanish top flight. The Leganes U-19 side is the perfect place for the Bengaluru youngster to further develop his skills and prepare for an eventual call-up to the main squad in the future.

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