FC Pune City sign defender Rahul Bheke for ISL

Pune, June 15 (IANS) FC Pune City have signed defender Rahul Bheke on loan from East Bengal for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL) football extravaganza.

Bheke represented Kerala Blasters in the last season of the tournament. The 25-year-old started his professional career with Air India in 2011 after a stint with the U-19 squad of Mahindra United. The Mumbai lad signed up with Mumbai Tigers in January 2014 after Air India was expelled from I League.

After two seasons with his home team, he was snapped by East Bengal in 2015.

Head coach Antonio Habas welcomed the signing saying, “Rahul is the one of those young talents in the ISL who has impressed me with his defensive skills.”

“Also he is one of the most featured Indian outfield players playing in the ISL last season, which means he was crucial in the scheme of things at his former club. I hope he continues to show the same commitment and grows to become a better player with us.”

Bheke was excited with this new development and said he would want to contribute handsomely to the franchise.

“It’s good to represent a team from your own state. With coach Habas at helm of things, I am excited to be a part of this club and hope to contribute as much as I can to take the club to its ultimate goal,” said Bheke.

Co-owner and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan said, “I wish Bheke all the best and welcome him to the FCPC family. He is incredibly fit and his addition to the squad will be truly invaluable for us.”

–IANS

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