Finland goalkeeper Jaaskelainen among ATK recruits

Two-time champions ATK on Thursday announced three more recruits for the upcoming fourth season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen put pen to paper for the city based franchise besides Indian recruits central midfielder Darren Caldeira and Nallappan Mohanraj who played for ATK in the 2015 season.

Jussi has also played for English clubs like West Ham United and Wigan Athletic. He also made 56 appearances for his the Finland national team.

“I welcome the boys into the ATK family. We believe that this year our team is comprised of really dynamic Indian and foreign recruits and I am happy with three more exciting talented players who are all set to exhibit their skills. We look forward to an exciting season ahead. Mohanraj had been a part of the ATK family and we welcome him back.” ATK’s principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said in a statement.

“Indian football has certainly become an exciting prospect due to the onset of ISL. It gives us a platform to interact with a whole new world of football fans who are equally erudite about the game. I have heard about the fans in Kolkata from team management and hoping to be a part of ATK’s winning legacy.” Jaaskelainen said.

“Great to be back in this exciting side after some gap. I hope to relive the fond memories of the fans and frenzy in Kolkata. I am looking forward to work with Teddy and Ashley for a good season,” Mohanraj added.

“My association with Ashley had been an enriching one during my stint at Bengaluru FC and I hope to continue the learning curve once I don the jersey of this champion side ATK,” Caldeira said.

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