Arindam Bhattacharja has signed with NorthEast United FC after parting ways with East Bengal.
Bhattacharja who has played in every Hero ISL season since the inception of the competition. The goalkeeper has nearly 75 ISL appearances leading into this season. The veteran is expected to add experience to the squad that has a number of promising youngsters.
He is expected to compete with Mirshad Michu for the starting position.With the 32-year-old winning the Golden Glove in 2020 the competition is expected to fierce.
The Highlanders announced: “NorthEast United FC have completed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja ahead of the new Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season.
“With Bhattacharja’s arrival, there will be healthy competition for the position in goal at NorthEast United FC with Mirshad Michu performing well in the role last season.
“Bhattacharja 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 for ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal.
“Bhattacharja 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 team.”
“We are very happy 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.