Midfielder Erik Paartalu extends Bengaluru FC contract

In his three seasons at Bengaluru FC, Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu has won the Indian Super League title and the Super Cup.

Erik Paartalu was one of Carles Cuadrat’s go-to men at Bengaluru FC last season.   -  Special Arrangement

Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu has signed a two-year contract extension with Bengaluru FC that will see him stay with the former Indian Super League (ISL) champion till the end of the 2021-2022 season.

In his three seasons at the club, Paartalu has won the league and the Super Cup. He said that the club’s desire to compete for, and win titles, played a big role in him extending his contract.

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“Bengaluru has held a special place in my heart for the past three years. And I’ve decided to continue the journey for two more years at least.” Paartalu said.

The 33-year-old has been a vital part of the team, with his physical presence making a difference on both ends of the pitch while churning out consistent performances in the middle of the park.

“On the football front, the motivation from within the club to win titles and to be the best in the country cannot be matched by any other club. My decision was an easy one, once I had time to reflect,” Paartalu said.

He played a big part in the Blues’ ISL title-winning season but an unfortunate injury saw him miss the end of the competition, including the final in Mumbai.

Paartalu, however, came back stronger from injury and was one of Carles Cuadrat’s go-to men through the Blues’ run-up to the semifinal of the ISL last season.

Bengaluru CEO, Mandar Tamhane said the decision to hand Paartalu a new contract wasn’t a tough one.

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“Erik has been an important part of the BFC family over three seasons and we felt it was important that we extend his stay. He has been a thorough professional, always bringing 100 per cent to the pitch — whether it be training or games, and we are only glad that we will have two more seasons of him at Bengaluru.”

Paartalu’s extension comes after Udanta Singh signed a new three-year deal earlier this month.