ISL 2020-21: Hitesh Sharma signs two-year contract extension with Hyderabad FC

ISL 2021: Hitesh Sharma, 23, made 15 appearances and grew into a regular in the first team under head coach Manolo Marquez this season.

Hitesh Sharma

Hitesh Sharma was an integral part of Hyderabad FC's ISL 2020-21 campaign.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Hyderabad FC has strengthened its team for the next Indian Super League (ISL) season by offering midfielder Hitesh Sharma a two-year contract extension.

“I am really proud and happy to have signed this contract with Hyderabad FC,” said Hitesh after putting pen to paper. 

“I believe that we have the best players, the best management and the best coaches we can ask for at the club and I hope to continue the hard work for years to come,” he added.

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The 23-year-old medio, who joined Hyderabad FC in January 2020, played a crucial role in the side’s fight for a place in the top-four this campaign. The youngster made 15 appearances (13 starts) and grew into a regular in the first team under head coach Manolo Marquez this season.  He played a total of 1,060 minutes in the season, which remains his busiest league campaign in his career.

“Hitesh is a really smart player, who understands the game very well,” said Manolo. “He has a great attitude, is calm in possession and always seems to know to do the correct thing in every moment. I am sure he will grow into a better player next season as well,” he added.

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Hitesh, who has played for the Indian national team, was also named in the probables list by national team coach Igor Stimac for the upcoming friendlies against Oman and UAE.

The youngster, who has 42 ISL appearances, said he was keen to build on his performances this season. “The plan is to continue the hard work and improve as a player, even in the off-season. I want to become a better player individually and I hope that we can improve as a team and take the next step in the upcoming ISL campaign,” Hitesh added.