Bengaluru FC have wrapped up the signing of Mumbai City FC‘s 30-year-old defender Pratik Chaudhari on a two-year deal.
Born in Mumbai, Pratik joined his hometown club Mumbai City FC from Jamshedpur FC for the 2019-20 season. He featured heavily last season for the Islanders notching up 17 appearances in the ISL.
Pratik started out playing football at his school – the St. Sebastian High School in Chembur, Mumbai. After passing out from school, he went on to represent Bank of India and Union Bank of India while holding down a call-center job. His desire for the game saw Air India FC come calling in 2011. Pratik made his I-League debut against Prayag United that same year.
After a couple of seasons at the club, he moved on to Rangdajied United for a year followed by Mohun Bagan. The centre-back then spent two seasons at the now defunct Mumbai FC – a period which also saw him get picked up by Kerala Blasters in the 2016 ISL draft.
Over the last three seasons, Pratik represented Delhi Dynamos, Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC – from where he joins Bengaluru FC.
It’s always a nice feeling when you find out that one of the best clubs in the country is interested in you and I’m extremely glad that this deal has gone through.
I hope to contribute to the team in any way that I can, and the opportunity to play among some of the best Indian and foreign players in the League is something I am excited about.Pratik Chaudhari