Kerala Blasters signs Adrian Luna from Melbourne City

Adrian Luna MCFC
Adrian Luna celebrates winning the A-League title

Kerala Blasters has signed the Uruguayan attacking midfielder Adrian Luna from Melbourne City on a two-year deal until the end of the 2022-23 Indian Super League season.

After signing for the Blasters, Luna said

“Very happy to join Kerala Blasters, the great family with the best fans in the country without a doubt. I am looking forward to training and meeting my teammates and all the technical staff.”

After a tough season for the Blasters, the Yellow Army is strengthening ahead of the 2021-22 ISL season and the club has made their first overseas signing in Luna.

Kerala Blasters Sporting Director Karolis Skinkys believes that Luna is the playmaker the team needs and acknowledged his skills and determination as the strong points of the 29-year old attacker.

He said,

“Adrián Luna is a player with great caliber, and I am sure that this will make our team stronger. Apart from being a good playmaker and smart operator in tight spaces, I liked that Adrian is a hardworking player who always cares about team performance. So, I would like to welcome Adrian to join the Kerala Blasters family.”

After starting his career in Uruguayan football with Defensor Sporting, the young starlet’s services were acquired by RCD Espanyol before sending him out on a number of loans. After a couple of years, Luna was released by the La Liga club, and he joined Defensor back for a couple of seasons.

In 2015, Luna joined Veracruz and played in the Mexican football league for four years before switching to Melbourne City in the A-League. The attacking midfielder was part of the City squad that reached the playoffs in both seasons and won the 2020-21 A-League title with the club as well. The playmaker scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 55 league appearances during his stay with the Australian club.

With Sahal Abdul Samad already at the club on a long-term contract, it would be interesting to see how Luna and Samad are drafted into the playing XI by the new head coach Ivan Vukomanovic.