NorthEast United FC has completed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya ahead of the new Indian Super League (ISL) season, the club announced on Tuesday.
Bhattacharya, who has played in every ISL season so far, has featured in 90 matches
in the competition and will add a lot of experience to the NorthEast United FC squad that has a number of promising youngsters. The 32-year-old has played for the two Kolkata giants and will now turn up for the Highlanders next season as part of Marco Balbul’s project.
“We are delighted to have a top-quality goalkeeper like Arindam in our squad. He is very experienced. He will lead us from the back and help the team to reach our goals this season,” NorthEast United FC technical director Ohad Efrat commented on the signing. With Bhattacharya’s arrival, there will be healthy competition for the position of goal at NorthEast United FC with Mirshad Michu performing well in the role last season.
Arindam Bhattacharya started his career at Churchill Brothers where he played for five seasons
before moving to Mohun Bagan. He then returned to Churchill Brothers for a season before signing for FC Pune City. After three seasons at the club, he joined Mumbai City FC for a season before signing with ATK FC. He has since plied his trade in Kolkata also featuring ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal.
The goalkeeper won the Golden Glove award in the 2019-20 season when he kept ten clean sheets for ATK Mohun Bagan as he helped them reach the Hero ISL final.
Bhattacharya will now hope to have a similar impact at NorthEast United FC where he is expected to be part of the leadership group in the city.
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