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ISL: Pratik Chowdhary set to sign for Mumbai City FC

08:08 GMT+4 21/08/2019
Pratik Chowdhary Jamshedpur FC
The centre-back will return to his hometown after starting his career with Air India...

Mumbai City FC have further strengthened their backline with the addition of Pratik Chowdhary for the 2019-20 Indian Super League (ISL) season, Goal has learnt.

The defender joins the Islanders after spending the previous season with Jamshedpur FC. With the Men of Steel, the 29-year-old made only nine appearances as the club failed to reach the ISL playoffs.

With the departure of Lucian Goian to Chennaiyin FC, Jorge Costa has looked for an Indian centre-back option to pair with Mato Grgic, who joins from NorthEast United. Chowdhary faces stiff competition for places with Valpuia and Anwar Ali Jr, who returns from loan to Indian Arrows

The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned side have also brought in Rowllin Borges, Sarthak Golui, Surchandra Singh to deepen the domestic strength of the squad. Upfront, the additions of Amine Chermiti and Diego Carlos adds firepower to the attack.

Last season, Mumbai City had reached the playoffs after finishing third in the regular season. They eventually lost out to runners-up FC Goa in the two-legged semi-finals. City faced an early exit from the Super Cup after being defeated by Chennaiyin FC in the Round of 16.

Chowdhary had previously been with Delhi Dynamos. He also has an ISL runners-up medal with Kerala Blasters in 2016.

The centre-back was also part of the triumphant Mohun Bagan squad in the 2014-15 I-League but did not get much game-time. The Kolkata giants had picked him up after impressive stints with Air India and Rangdajied United but the Maharashtra-born failed to impress coach Sanjoy Sen.

This will not be his first time back at his hometown after departing Air India. Chowdhary played for now-defunct Mumbai FC a few years earlier. In 2016-17, he was involved with the Yellows as they were relegated from the top-tier.