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Ex-Barcelona & Chelsea Star Joins United

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Ambitious Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club Biggleswade United have announced the signing of….

….former Chelsea and Espanyol midfielder Enrique de Lucas.

The 36-year-old attacking midfielder retired from football last year, but has decided to put his boots back on for Mick Reardon’s side.

Born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, de Lucas had youth spells at Barcelona and Espanyol, before going on to join Espanyol’s B side at the age 18. He went on to make his debut for the first team at the age of 20.

The former Spanish under-21 international spent four years at the Catalonian side before joining Chelsea in 2002 on a free transfer. He was part of the team that finished fourth in the 2002/03 season under Claudio Ranieri.

De Lucas then returned to Spain, having a huge impact at Deportivo Alavés. He netted six goals in forty matches as the Basque side returned to the top flight after two years.

He went on to spend the remainder of his career playing in the Spanish second and first divisions, playing at Real Murcia, FC Cartagena, Celta de Vigo and finally Hercules respectively. De Lucas notably scored in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid for Murcia.

He was brought to Biggleswade by the club`s director of football, Guillem Balague, the Sky Sports presenter and renowned author, who took over the role last October.

His role as director of football will be aimed towards helping the club achieve its medium and long-term goals, as it looks to develop its successes on and off the pitch

A renowned author, Guillem, has written the only authorised portrait of Leo Messi, published another one with Pep Guardiola about his time at Barcelona (Another Way of Winning), an official history of FC Barcelona and the recount of the famous 2005 Istanbul Champions League final (A Season on the Brink).

He has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports since 1997 and is the UK correspondent of the national newspaper AS and the radio Onda Cero.

He is a UEFA B licensed coach and a patron of the charity `Football Beyond Borders` (FBB), which will be linking with Biggleswade United in the near future.

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