Mohammedan Sporting have been quite active during the transfer window on their return to the top flight, and after snapping up Luciano Sobrosa and Josimar Martins, they have now sealed the deal for Khanthang Paite.
The move represents a major coup for the Kolkatan outfit, as the winger was quite in-demand after a great season with Pune FC, while on-loan.
However complications had arisen due to East Bengal initially demanding a transfer fee for the player. However eventually the club relented, in a bid to cut their wage bill, and Mohammedan Sporting were the first to make a move, and signed up the player.
Paite confirmed to Goal, “Yes I have signed up with Mohammedan Sporting on a one year contract, after East Bengal released me.”
While the player revealed he had more lucrative offers elsewhere, including the option to stay at East Bengal, he chose Mohammedan Sporting, in order to continue getting first team football, in the hope of making the national team.
He stated, “Yes I want to play for the national team. It is my dream to play for India.”
The transfer represents the loss of another influential member for Pune FC from their last season’s squad, having seen Karma Tsewang, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Subash Singh and Chika Wali amongst others, leave since the season ended.
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