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Mumbai City FC retain three players ahead of Super Cup 2018


ANI Mumbai [India]
Mumbai City FC have retained the services of full-back Davinder Singh, forward Pranjal Bhumij and goalkeeper Kunal Sawant on multiple-year contracts.
With goalkeeper Amrinder Singh having already signed a three-year contract extension with the Islanders, Mumbai City FC have taken yet another positive step towards building for the future with three key members of the current squad committing their future to the club.
Born and raised in Mumbai's suburb of Borivali, 31-year-old Kunal Sawant has been retained by Mumbai City FC until May 2020.
Kunal has previously featured for Kerala Blasters and I League sides Air India and Mumbai FC. He made two appearances on the bench for the Islanders in the 2017-18 season of the Indian Super League.
"I'm delighted and quite excited to have signed for two more seasons with Mumbai City FC. The club and the management are moving in the right direction and want to achieve big things in the near future. Being from Mumbai, there's no better feeling than being a part of this club and it pushes me to do even better every day," said Kunal Sawant on his decision to extend his stay with his home-town club.
Considered to be two of the brightest young footballers in the country, 22-year-old Davinder Singh and 18-year- old Pranjal Bhumij enjoyed strong debut seasons in the Indian Super League in Mumbai City FC colours, with eight and six appearances, respectively.
Davinder and Pranjal have been retained until 2020 and 2021, respectively.
"For a young footballer like myself, there's no bigger boost when your club shows faith and confidence in you. I want to repay the faith with my performances and I hope to have great success together in the coming years in the Blue of Mumbai City FC," said Pranjal Bhumij.
"The past year has been the most important year of my career and Mumbai City FC have invariably been a huge part of it. This club, it's like a family. I have loved each and every day I've spent here and it was an easy decision for me to make to continue playing in Mumbai. The fans here are incredible and I hope we can reward them and all of us with a piece of silverware soon," said Davinder Singh.
Club CEO Indranil Das Blah said, "The club couldn't be happier with the three retentions. All three boys are extremely talented and professional. Davinder has the potential to be India's best full-back. Pranjal has impressed the technical staff at Mumbai City FC immensely. And Kunal has what it takes to keep our goal safe for years to come. I hope to see all three growing along with the club."
Having qualified with a win against Indian Arrows, Mumbai City FC will continue their journey in the Super Cup when they take on East Bengal FC in a pre-quarterfinal clash on April 5 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

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First Published: Mar 31 2018 | 3:40 PM IST

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