Former Rajasthan United captain Hardik Bhatt is set to rejoin Mumbai City FC on a permanent deal, Khel Now has confirmed via a report. The Mumbai-born defender will sign a one-year contract with an option to extend for another year.

A source revealed the club’s interest in Bhatt: ” Everyone at Mumbai City liked Hardik’, especially after his loan stint in the 2022-23 season. The club also wanted to sign him twice last season, but they didn’t reach the consensus.”

The 27-year-old versatile full-back spent six months on loan at Mumbai City during the 2022-23 season. His performance was commendable, making him an option for the club. Last season, Bhatt played 14 games in the I-League. He provided two assists and played a crucial role in helping Rajasthan United maintain their league status.

Bhatt’s senior career began with ARA FC in the I-League second division, followed by a stint at FC Bengaluru United. In 2021, he moved to Rajasthan United, where he continued to hone his skills and prove his mettle on the field.

Mumbai City FC is undergoing changes this summer after securing the Indian Super League (ISL) title. The club has been active in the transfer market. They were making strategic signings to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season.

Mumbai City has acquired star midfielder Brandon Fernandes from FC Goa. The club has also brought in Noufal PN from Gokulam Kerala and experienced goalkeeper TP Rehenesh. To bolster their defense, contract extensions have been offered to defenders Valpuia and Tiri.

Mumbai City has also signed a permanent deal with Jayesh Rane. Forward Daniel Lalhimpuia is also set to ink an agreement with the club. This reflects Mumbai City’s intent to build a team capable of defending their ISL title.

Bhatt’s return to Mumbai City FC will likely add versatility and experience to the defense. His ability to play multiple positions across the backline makes him a valuable asset for head coach Des Buckingham. The coach plans to utilize Bhatt’s skills to fortify the team’s defense.

During his previous loan stint, Bhatt’s performance was noted, leading to the club’s efforts to secure him on a permanent basis. His reunion with Mumbai City FC is crucial as the club aims to build on their recent success and maintain their dominance in the league.

With the transfer’s completion, Bhatt will join his new teammates in preparation for the upcoming season. Mumbai City FC fans will be eager to see how the latest signings, including Bhatt, contribute to their quest for more glory in the ISL.

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