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Ishan Pandita became a Gaur in 2020 after the club secured the services of the promising 22-year-old forward, fighting off competition from other Indian Super League sides. Pandita penned an initial one-year deal with FC Goa with the club having the option of extending him further.
Ishan became the first Indian sign a professional contract with a club in La Liga in 2016 when he joined the setup at CD Leganes. There he turned out for the club’s U-19 side, which at the time plied its trade in the Division de Honor Juvenil, the top level of the Spanish system for youth players.
Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, Ishan was born in New Delhi before moving to the Philippines and then Bangalore. In order to get better training and learn the game, he moved to Spain in 2014.
After spending his initial days in the youth set up of UD Almería, he moved to CD Leganes. He then moved to Nastic de Tarragona for a stint in their U23 side before signing for Lorca FC, a team in Segunda B.