Indian Super League

'It's been a great adventure' - Juanan opens up on his connection with India

Arjun Singh Devgan
Juanan has played for Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC in the ISL
Juanan has played for Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC in the ISL / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Hyderabad FC's talismanic defender, Juanan has opened up on his deep connection with India after spending almost seven years in the country - a period which has seen him play for two Indian Super League (ISL) clubs so far.

Juanan was a rock in defence for Hyderabad FC as they surprised everyone to win their maiden ISL trophy last month, with the defender recording 29 tackles, 26 interceptions, 70 clearances, 32 blocks and two assists, leading his side to concede the second-lowest number of goals (23) in the competition.

The Spaniard has admitted that his time in India has been an adventure, forming a deep connection with the country and the fans even off the pitch. In fact, one of the most prominent tattoos he has is that of the deity Shiva and a temple - one which he had got during his time with Bengaluru.

"It's been a great adventure! This tattoo is a reminder that I want to keep with me forever of my time in India," he said as quoted by The Bridge.

When asked if he planned to add a Hyderabad based tattoo to his collection, the Spaniard jokingly added, "No, I have lots of tattoos already. There's no more space."

The 34-year-old who has played for Real Madrid's B team in the past, has so far won two ISL titles, one Federation Cup and one Super Cup in India and it will be interesting to see whether he continues his sojourn in the country, considering that he only signed a one-year deal with Hyderabad at the start of last season.