Mumbai FC has completed the signing of defender Sanjeev Stalin from Kerala Blasters FC ahead of the upcoming Hero Indian Super League season. He has signed a four-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2026. Stalin is the product of the Chandigarh Football Academy and rose through the ranks of the AIFF Elite Academy. He has represented India at the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup as well as at the U20 level. The Bengaluru-born player joined Kerala Blasters in March 2021 and made his debut for the club at the 2021 Durand Cup.
“It’s a big step for me to join Mumbai City at this stage of my career but it’s one that I am confident about. When the opportunity to join one of the biggest clubs in India came knocking, I knew I had to grab it with both hands. I am looking forward to learning from my peers, seniors, and coach Des Buckingham,” Mumbai FC defender Sanjeev Stalin said. “I also would like to thank the Mumbai City management for showing faith in me and providing me with this wonderful opportunity and I cannot wait to get started and repay the trust put in me by the club and the fans.”
“Sanjeev is certainly one of the most exciting talents in the country. He possesses excellent qualities and can add a lot to our squad,” Mumbai FC head coach Des Buckingham said. “At just 21, he’s not only played at the highest level in India but has the invaluable experience of playing in Europe as well. We think Sanjeev can go on to become an important player, not just for Mumbai City but for the national setup as well and I wish him the very best.”