A New Era: Lallianzuala Chhangte Signs With Mumbai City
Lallianzuala Chhangte is once again headlining in soccer news today as he transferred to Mumbai City on a three-year contract from Chennaiyin FC, according to several soccer news sites in India. Since the 22nd of December, the winger has not started a game for the Marina Machans and is in the final months of the agreement.
Chhangte will initially link up with the defending ISL champions on loan, before completing the three-year transfer once his deal with Chennaiyin FC expires, according to Khel Now. “Chhangte has signed a three-year contract with Mumbai City FC,” the site added. Chhangte has agreed to a pre-contract agreement with Mumbai City FC and will join the Islanders on an initial six-month loan.
According to sources, Mumbai City will pay Chennaiyin FC an unknown amount for the six-month loan agreement, which is now almost complete. Chhangte will complete his three-year transfer from the Corinthians to the Islanders after the loan deal ends. Chhangte last started for Chennaiyin against Kerala Blasters on 22 December and has been on the bench since then. Before the fixture against Bengaluru FC, the manager had said that he would not start him due to tactical reasons. “It’s up to Chhangte to decide whether or not they want to renew their contract,” the manager said.
Chhangte only played 75 minutes of action in the last six games. He came off the bench in the 2-1 victory over NorthEast United after playing each of Chennaiyin’s first seven matches this season. The little playing time has impacted his performances this year as well.
In ISL 2021-22, Chhangte scored and assisted once, which is not much. However, Chhangte is the highest-scoring Indian midfielder in the ISL, scoring 20 goals in 90 games. He’s also the third-most potent Indian player in ISL history, with 20 goals in 90 matches. Chhangte has a good age on his side, and he’ll undoubtedly climb up the chart and improve his goal-scoring statistics as a result.
Moreover, the Islanders have been one of the most active teams this month in the winter transfer market. Chhangte is the fourth player to join the team in January. Mumbai City FC signed Vikram Singh and Rowling Borges on loan from Odisha FC earlier this season as potential replacements for injured Igor Catatau and Diego Mauricio. After Igor Catatau left for his parent club, they brought in former Odisha FC forward Diego Mauricio. Buckingham hopes the new arrivals can help end Mumbai City FC’s six-game winless skid in ISL 2021-22.
Chhangte became well-known after representing India U19s in the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship qualification when he played three times. He was with the Indian squad for the 2015 SAFF Championship, where he made his debut against Sri Lanka. On 25 December 2015, Chhangte made his international debut against Sri Lanka as a substitute for Robin Singh in the 77th minute of the game, which India won 2–0. He became India’s 502nd player in national team history.