Mumbai City FC Secures Valpuia's Long-Term Commitment

With Valpuia's contract extension secured, Mumbai City FC looks poised to build on their recent successes and continue their pursuit of excellence in the ISL.

Mumbai City FC Secures Valpuia's Long-Term Commitment

In a move set to bolster their defensive lineup, Mumbai City FC has officially extended the contract of Hmingthanmawia Ralte, popularly known as Valpuia, until 2027. This announcement comes ahead of the eagerly anticipated 2024-25 season, reinforcing the club's commitment to continuity and stability within its squad. Valpuia, a native of Mizoram, has been an indispensable figure since joining Mumbai City FC in 2019, contributing significantly to their recent successes in the Indian Super League (ISL).

Valpuia's football journey began at a young age, starting his development at Aizawl FC before catching the attention of Mumbai City FC scouts, who secured his services in June 2019. His tenure at the club has been marked by consistent growth and pivotal performances, notably during the historic 2020-21 season when Mumbai City FC clinched both the ISL League Winners’ Shield and the ISL Cup under his defensive prowess.

Return to Mumbai City FC

During the 2022-23 season, Valpuia gained valuable experience on loan with Roundglass Punjab (now Punjab FC), where he played a crucial role in the team's promotion to the ISL. His stellar performances during this period highlighted his versatility and strategic importance, prompting Mumbai City FC to integrate him back into their squad upon his return. Under the guidance of Coach Petr Kratky, Valpuia flourished further, solidifying his place as a key player in the team's defensive setup. Valpuia's impact extends beyond his defensive duties, showcasing an impressive 81% passing accuracy in the ISL. His adeptness at right back has seen him make 23 appearances for Mumbai City FC, with 17 of those in league matches. His defensive acumen is highlighted by his 52 duels won and 52 ball recoveries in the ISL, illustrating his ability to influence games both defensively and offensively.

Valpuia's Perspective

Valpuia expressed his thrill at continuing his journey with Mumbai City FC for the next three years, highlighting the pivotal role the club has played in his development, both as a player and as a person. His sentiments underline a deep-rooted commitment to the club's vision and ambitions moving forward. Head Coach Petr Kratky echoed Valpuia's sentiments, praising the defender's dedication and performance consistency. The strategic importance of securing Valpuia's services for the long term was emphasized by Kratky, who noted that Valpuia is considered a cornerstone of our defense and seen as a testament to the club's commitment to nurturing talent. His contributions on and off the field have been deemed invaluable.

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