Updated: Jul 19
After a six-month loan period, Lallianzuala Chhangte has been permanently signed by Mumbai City FC. The 25-year-old winger signs a three-year contract with the Islanders before joining the team.
The Mizoram-born player joined the Islanders on loan from another ISL team Chennaiyin FC in January 2022 and played seven times for them during the 2021–2022 ISL season. He also played a crucial role in the Club's unprecedented run in Asia's top club competition, the 2022 AFC Champions League, appearing for Des Buckingham's team in each of the six Group Stage games.
In the third season of the ISL, Chhangte made his ISL debut in 2016 while playing for NorthEast United and substituting against the Islanders. Since then, Chhangte has made 97 ISL appearances and has scored 20 goals, placing third among Indians in league history.
"I am happy and honored to be a part of Mumbai City," Lallianzuala Chhangte stated. Being a member of an ambitious team and playing at the highest level was one of the main motivations for signing with Mumbai City last season. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to make history by representing our team at the AFC Champions League. It's something that will always hold a particular place in the hearts of not only me but also my teammates, our families, and the supporters of Indian football.
"I appreciate all of the trust and encouragement that coach Des Buckingham, the team, and the management have placed in me. With my new family, I already feel at home, and I think I have a lot more to contribute to the team. This is the beginning of a fascinating new chapter for me, and I can't wait to travel to Mumbai and represent our team in front of our supporters to the best of my ability.
Des Buckingham, head coach of Mumbai City FC, stated, "Chhangte is the ideal fit for Mumbai City's dynamic and exciting brand of football. He is another young player whose goals for the upcoming season and the near future align with those of our organization. In the few time, we have worked together so far, he has demonstrated his abilities and pushed to improve his overall game.
Although he is still young and has a tonne of experience, he has the mentality of a serious professional and wants to keep growing. Chhangte has a great future ahead of him and has the potential to grow into a key player on our team. I'm glad he's here in Mumbai City with us.