Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced the permanent signing of Lallianzuala Chhangte following his six-month loan spell. The 25-year-old winger joins the Club after signing a three-year contract with the Islanders.
After initially signing on loan from fellow ISL side Chennaiyin FC in January 2022, the Mizoram-born player for Mumbai on seven occasions in the 2021-22 ISL season. He also played all six group stage matches for Des Buckingham’s side in the AFC Champions League.
Chhangte made his ISL debut in 2016 when he featured for NorthEast United, coming on as a substitute against the Islanders in the third edition of the ISL. Since then, Chhangte has 97 ISL appearances to his name and is the third-highest Indian goalscorer in the league’s history with 20 goals.
"I am delighted and honoured to be a part of Mumbai City. One of the biggest reasons behind joining Mumbai City last season was to be a part of an ambitious club and to play at the highest level possible. I feel privileged that I was able to do just that representing our club at the AFC Champions League and being a part of history. It’s something that will forever remain special not only for me but for my teammates, our families, our fans and for football in India,” said Chhangte.
Des Buckingham, Head Coach of the club, said, "At Mumbai City, we want to play an attacking and exciting style of football and Chhangte is a perfect fit. He is another young player whose ambition matches ours as a club in the upcoming season and near future. He has shown his qualities and has continued to try and develop his overall game in the short space of time we have worked together so far.
He has the attitude of a thorough professional and despite his vast experience at a young age, he wants to keep learning. Chhangte can go on to become an influential member of our team and he certainly has a bright future ahead of him. I am happy that he’s with us at Mumbai City.”
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