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Mumbai City FC Complete signing of midfielder Lalengmawia

Mumbai, August 13 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions Mumbai City FC confirmed on Friday that the club had agreed a deal with NorthEast United for the transfer of Lalengmawia for an undisclosed fee. The young midfielder joins a five-year contract until May 2026.

Lalengmawia rose through the ranks at the AIFF Elite Academy and made his name after being the only player from Mizoram to join India’s squad for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017. After two hugely impressive seasons that followed in the I-League with the Indian Arrows, he made 13 appearances and scored a goal, the central midfielder wrote for NorthEast United in the ISL ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 20-year-old appeared on 10 occasions in his debut campaign for the Highlanders and intensified it the following season, with each of the 22 matches scoring a memorable strike from distance in NorthEast United’s race to the semi-finals of the most recently concluded 2020-21 season.

Lalengmawia marked a milestone season in his short career as he led NorthEast United as the youngest captain in ISL history before being named ISL’s new player of the season and FPAI Young Player of the Season for 2020/21. His outstanding performances in the domestic season gave him his first call to the Indian national team as he made his international debut for the country against Oman in a 1-1 draw earlier this year.

Lalengmawia joins Mumbai City ahead of a historic season with a chance to defend both, the ISL League Winners’ Shield and the ISL Trophy, and represent India at the 2022 AFC Champions League.

“I would like to thank NorthEast United for giving me the opportunity to play at the highest level in India, but now I feel I am ready to take the next step in my career. Joining a club in Mumbai City is a huge honor for me and my family. The club has the ambition and intention, not just to win titles in India, but also to make a mark in Asia, and I want to be a part of that.

“The club had a huge success last season, and I think we are on the right track to build something special here. I am still young, I have a lot to learn and I look forward to working with coach Sergio Lobera, his staff and my new teammates, ”said Lalengmawia.

Head coach Sergio Lobera said: “A player of Lalengmawia’s caliber brings a lot of quality to the team and reminds us that if you are good enough, you are old enough. He is an exciting talent, possibly the best of his generation, and he is the right type of person that we want in Mumbai City. ”

–IANS

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