By Associated Press - Monday, September 3, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Spanish midfielder Raul Baena will join Japan’s Keisuka Honda and Sweden’s Ola Toivonen at the Melbourne Victory to complete their overseas recruitment for the 2018-2019 A-League season.

The Victory Monday announced the signing of 29-year-old Baena on a one-year deal from second tier Spanish club Granada.

Baena previously compiled more than 150 appearances for top flight Espanyol under current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, and for Rayo Vallecano.

Recently-arrived assistant coach Carlos Perez Salvachua was instrumental in the signing of Baena, who spent four years in Barcelona’s youth program.

Head coach Kevin Muscat said Baena is a “well-rounded midfielder who also has great leadership qualities.”

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