Updated June 5th, 2024 at 19:14 IST

Transfer news: Tiri pens extension with Mumbai City FC

Tiri was a crucial member of Petr Kratky’s side, which recently lifted the 2023-24 ISL Cup after defeating Mohun Bagan SG with a 3-1 scoreline at the Salt Lake.

Tiri extends one year contract with Mumbai City FC | Image:Mumbai FC

Mumbai City FC are delighted to announce that Spanish defender José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, better known as 'Tiri,' has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension, extending his stay with the Islanders until the summer of 2025.

Since joining the club in 2023, the veteran defender has proved to be an important cog at the back, providing defensive solidity with his key interceptions and tackles, and becoming a mainstay in the starting eleven for the Islanders. Tiri was a crucial member of Petr Kratky’s side, which recently lifted the 2023-24 ISL Cup after defeating Mohun Bagan SG with a 3-1 scoreline at the Salt Lake Stadium.

In his time with Mumbai City FC, Tiri has been a centre-back with exceptional ball-playing abilities and a knack for sweeping the ball while defending. Tiri appeared in 23 games in the Indian Super League this season, collecting five clean sheets and proving rock-solid in defense, winning a mammoth 77 duels and making 87 recoveries in the process.

Tiri’s footballing journey started with his hometown club, Cadiz FC, in the Spanish divisions. He later joined Spanish heavyweights Atlético Madrid and was assigned to their B side during his three-year stay with the club. The Spaniard reached India in 2015, and since then has made 133 appearances in the Indian Super League – the second-most appearances by a foreigner in the history of this competition. By signing this extension with the Islanders, the Spaniard will enter the 9th ISL season of his career – the highest for any foreign player since the inception of the league.

Published June 5th, 2024 at 19:14 IST