ISL – Jorge Pereyra Diaz set to return to Kerala Blasters

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Kerala Blasters FC are set to sign Argentine striker Jorge Pereyra Diaz for the upcoming season, IFTWC can confirm.

“Kerala Blasters and Jorge Pereyra Diaz are close to agree on a deal that will see the Argentinian striker come back for next season. Diaz had offers from abroad but his priority was Kerala Blasters,” a source close to the development informed IFTWC.

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About Jorge Pereyra Diaz

Jorge Pereyra Diaz began his professional career with the Argentine club Ferro Carril Oeste in 2008.

After four years at Ferros scoring 15 goals in 86 appearances, he went on to play in Club Atlético Lanús, helping his team win the 2013 Copa Sudamericana. He even returned to the club in 2018 for a second stint.

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Later after a one year stay with Club Atletico Lanus and scoring 5 goals in 42 appearances, Pereyra moved to the Malaysian Super League team Johor Darul Ta’zim FC. Diaz scored 28 goals in 30 league matches over 3 years.

During his stint at Johor Darul Ta’zim FC, he featured in both AFC Champions League Qualifiers and the AFC Cup where his side faced Bengaluru FC.

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Pereyra has also played for various other clubs such as on loan from the Malaysian outfit. He played for Argentine Club Atlético Independiente in 2015 and Mexican Club León in the 2017-18 season. He played 19 combined games for the two teams and scored a goal.

Diaz has also plied his trade with Club Bolívar in Bolivia from 2019 to 2020 season and scored 19 goals in 41 appearances. He later signed for Club Deportivo San Marcos de Arica in Chile in 2020 and scored 2 goals in 7 appearances.

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In 2021 he signed for the Argentina top division club Atletico Platense and recorded 2 goals in 12 appearances. Later in the year, Jorge Pereyra Diaz signed for Kerala Blasters FC on loan from the club ahead of the 2021-22 ISL season.

The Argentine striker proved to be a phenomenal signing for Ivan Vukomanovic’s team. Diaz scored 8 goals and assisted one in 21 appearances for the Blasters last season.

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His towering presence in set-pieces was a big weapon for the side of Kochi. Diaz’s trickery and forward runs were difficult and challenging for the opposition defenders.

Known for his good character and positive mentality on and off the field, Pereyra is a team player and provides with more than just scoring goals.

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Kerala Blasters have already signed midfielder Bryce Miranda and Sourav Mondal (both from Churchill Brothers FC Goa) for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Vincy Baretto, Seityasen Singh and Albino Gomes have left the club.

Talking about the foreigners Adrian Luna and Marko Leskovic have been retained. While Alvaro Vazquez, Enes Sipovic and Chencho Gyeltshen have left the club.

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With the club set to sign Jorge Pereyra Diaz for the upcoming season, Kerala Blasters will have a familiar face in the dressing room. Also, the team’s attack will be quite aware of their strengths and weaknesses as the Ivan Vukomanovic-led side looks to forget last season’s ISL final defeat and push for the glory this season.

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