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BFC winger Edu Garcia joins Chinese outfit Zhejiang Luchng

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

today reached an agreement with side Zhejiang Luchng for the of Spanish winger for an undisclosed fee.

The deal makes the first to earn a fee from a foreign club for the of a player, said in a statement here.

The League One season kicks off on March 10 and Garcia will join the team in where they are on a pre-season tour. He will team up with Spanish for the club which plays at the Center in

Luchng, who also go by the name Zhejiang Greentown, showed interest in Garcia and an agreement with Bengaluru was reached after close to two weeks of negotiations. The formalities were completed yesterday, five days prior to the closing of the Chinese window on February 28.

"It was an offer that worked well for the club, Edu and Luchng. Its also a matter a pride that the deal is a historic one in Indian football and that is involved in it," said.

"Edu has been fantastic for us in the short time he has spent at the club and we thank him for his contribution while wishing him luck for the future.

BFC had signed Garcia on a season-long deal in September and the former Zaragoza man caught the imagination of the fans after he scored the first-ever goal for Bengaluru in ISL in a 2-0 win over FC here. He scored his second goal for the club earlier this month against at Fortress.

Skilled at set-pieces, Garcia also was instrumental in five assists for side.

Lavishing praise on Garcia, Roca said, "Edu has been a thorough professional during his time at the club and he was presented an opportunity that seemed right to say yes to. His contribution to our season so far has been very valuable and I wish him the best.

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First Published: Fri, February 23 2018. 12:45 IST