The 25-year-old is a versatile defender.

Rajasthan United defender Hardik Bhatt has signed a loan deal with Mumbai City, Khel Now can confirm. “Hardik Bhatt has signed a loan deal with Mumbai City FC, with an option to buy. He will be joining in the January transfer window itself.” a source close to the development informed Khel Now.

Hardik Bhatt was a key player for Rajasthan United. He featured in 10 matches for the Desert Warriors in the ongoing I-League 2022-23 campaign.

About the Player

Born on April 17, 1997, in Maharashtra, Hardik Bhatt started his career playing for ARA FC, a team which participates in the I-League second division.

In 2019, Hardik Bhatt signed a professional contract with FC Bengaluru United. He featured in a total of eight matches for Bengaluru United and scored twice for the outfit.

In 2021, Hardik Bhatt moved to Hyderya Sports FC, a club based in Kashmir. In December 13, 2021, Hardik made his move to Rajasthan United, which can be claimed to be a turning point in the defender’s career. He got a place in the team in both the I-League and the Durand Cup.

Hardik Bhatt is a versatile defender who can handle multiple positions in the backline. He has expertise in playing both as right-back and centre-back, and in certain situations, he can even be deployed as a left-back.

Mumbai City’s performance in the ISL 2022-23

Mumbai City are currently having a dream run. They have the longest unbeaten streak under their belt, with 15. They also possess the longest winning run with 10 games as of now.

With regards to their on-field heroics, it might be assumed that they are a tough opponent to beat. In their recent encounter, they thrashed NorthEast United 4-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena.

The star-studded team has a balance of experienced foreigners and energetic young Indian players. Head coach Des Buckingham however, is equally focused in building a team for the future. Recently, they roped in an 18-year-old promising winger Gyamar Nikum from Rajasthan United. Also, they have players like Ayush Chhikara and Halen Nongtdu in their squad, who can be promising talents for the future if nurtured properly.

**This article was updated at 6:30 PM IST on 26th January, 2023.

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