Reigning Indian Super League winners Mumbai City FC have extended the contract of their forward Pranjal Bhumij by three years, which will keep him at the club till 2024. The 22-year old footballer has played 22 matches for the islanders so far, having signed for the club back in 2017.
Mumbai City FC are delighted to confirm that Pranjal Bhumij has signed a three-year contract extension with the club. After four seasons, the young attacker has committed his future to the Islanders until May 2024.
Born in Assam, Pranjal started off his footballing journey playing for various clubs in Guwahati and then rose through the ranks at DSK Shivajians in the I League from the u18s to the first team. He featured for India at the youth level in the 2017 U-18 SAFF Championships in Bhutan and played in three out of the four games in the tournament. At the age of 18, Pranjal was picked by the Islanders in the 2017 ISL Draft, joining the club as a developmental player capable of playing anywhere across the attack.
Now 22, Pranjal has continued his development over four years with the Islanders – he has turned out for Mumbai City on 25 occasions and has scored one of the most iconic goals in the club’s history – an incredible 93rd-minute strike from 30 yards out away to Kerala Blasters in 2018 in the ISL – his only goal for the club so far.
Pranjal made four appearances under Sergio Lobera in the recently concluded 2020/21 campaign and most notably got his first start of the season in the final game of the league stage against ATK Mohun Bagan. Pranjal was one of the architects of the Islanders' strong performance in a must-win game as the club went on to lift the ISL League Winners' Shield, and then later the ISL Trophy.
“For the last four years, Mumbai City has been an immense part of my life. I have been able to gain so much invaluable experience from the different coaches I’ve worked with over the years. Moreover, the club has put their faith in me and I cannot express enough how thankful I am to them. I am only 22, I have a lot to learn and achieve, and I did not have to think twice before committing my future to this huge club. I hope I can repay the trust of the management, the coach Sergio Lobera, my teammates and our fans and keep giving my best every time I pull on the Mumbai City shirt," said Pranjal Bhumij, after signing over the dotted line.
Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC head coach Sergio Lobera heaped praise on the youngster and mentioned that the team is delighted that Pranjal will continue with them in the future.
“I strongly believe that Pranjal is one of the best young talents in India. We see him in training every day and the quality and potential he shows really excites us for what the future holds. More importantly, he’s a wonderful person. He is an excellent professional who is determined to learn and he is very mature and level-headed for a young boy. His attitude with help him a great deal in his career. We are delighted that he will be continuing with Mumbai City and I wish him a very bright future with us," stated Sergio Lobera.