The midfielder made only four appearances in ISL 2020-21, but will now have more opportunities with the Islanders.

Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Mumbai City FC have extended the contract of midfielder Pranjal Bhumij, Khel Now can confirm. The 22-year-old will hence remain with the club in the upcoming seasons.

“Pranjal Bhumij has been handed a long-term contract extension by Mumbai City FC,” a source close to the developments informed Khel Now. The player is evidently a part of the club’s long-term plans under head coach Sergio Lobera.

Career so far

Pranjal Bhumij kick-started his football career at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Guwahati. Afterwards, he joined the DSK Shivajians academy in Pune. It was in 2017 that he got his first taste of competitive football at the senior level, by making his professional debut for DSK Shivajians’ first-team in the I-League 2016-17 season. Ahead of the 2017-18 season, Mumbai City signed and slotted him into their development side.

The player went on to play six games as a substitute for the Islanders that season, before earning a promotion to their first-team. In his 2018-19 campaign, Bhumij made 10 ISL appearances and also notched a goal and an assist. This was also his best top flight season till date, as he has featured in only 154 minutes across two seasons since.

In ISL 2020-21, Pranjal Bhumij made four appearances, all of them coming in the league stages. He made his first start of the season in the final must-win league stage clash against ATK Mohun Bagan. He then starred against the Mariners, as Mumbai City walked home with three points and a spot at the AFC Champions League 2022 group stages.

Mumbai City’s preparations

As you all know, the Islanders had a fantastic season winning both the ISL League Winners’ Shield and the title. They have since started the process of re-building the side for the upcoming 2021-22 season and are actively pursuing some high-profile talents while also seeking to extend the terms of few of their own important players.

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