Mumbai City FC (MCFC) announced the permanent signing of Lallianzuala Chhangte following his six-month loan spell. The 25-year-old winger signed a three-year contract with the Islanders until 2025.
Lallianzuala Chhangte was initially signed on loan in January 2022. The Mizoram-born winger appeared on seven occasions for Mumbai City FC in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) season. He was a key element of the Islanders team that created history in the 2022 AFC Champions League.
NorthEast United handed Lallianzuala Chhangte his ISL debut in 2016. Since then, the winger has made 97 appearances in the ISL. His tally of 20 goals is the third-highest for an Indian player in Indian Super League history.
Lallianzuala Chhangte’s attacking style a ‘perfect fit’ for MCFC
The 25-year-old was delighted to complete the move to the Islanders. "I am delighted and honoured to be a part of Mumbai City. One of the biggest reasons behind joining Mumbai City last season was to be a part of an ambitious club and to play at the highest level possible.
“I’m grateful for all the faith and the support the coach Des Buckingham, the staff and the management have shown in me. I believe I am settled in already with my new family and that I have a lot more to offer to the team.” added Chhangte.
Mumbai City FC’s head coach Des Buckingham said “We want to play an attacking and exciting style of football and Chhangte is a perfect fit. He is another young player whose ambition matches ours as a club in the upcoming season and near future.”
“Chhangte can go on to become an influential member of our team and he certainly has a bright future ahead of him. I am happy that he’s with us at Mumbai City,” added Buckingham.
Mumbai City FC had a disappointing 2021-22 ISL season, finishing fifth in the points table. The Islanders, however, represented India in the 2022 AFC Champions League, where they finished second in Group B and also became the first Indian club to register wins in the competition.