Indian football team midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad stated he is looking forward to the future after his move to Hero Indian Super League (ISL) side Mohun Bagan Super Giant. The 26-year-old joined the Mariners on a five-year contract earlier this month, ending his six-year long association with Kerala Blasters FC.

“I couldn’t be happier. I am extremely proud to be part of Mohun Bagan and am excited to know what the future has in store for me,” Samad said in an interview with The Times of India.

Samad is among MBSG’s eye-catching signings this summer besides the likes of India internationals Anwar Ali and Anirudh Thapa. The club has also strengthened their attack with the additions of Jason Cummings and Armando Sadiku.

Samad made a name for himself at Kerala Blasters FC, moving to the first team from the reserve team. He leaves the club as their longest-serving player, having made 92 Hero ISL appearances. The 26-year-old further revealed that joining the defending Hero ISL champions at this stage of his career felt like the right decision.

“Mohun Bagan (Super Giant) is a prestigious club with a rich legacy in football. Being part of such a renowned club was incredibly appealing as a player. While considering my options, the club’s vision, resources and the environment suited my requirements. It felt that it is the right move to make in my career at this stage,” Samad revealed.

While Samad is known for his versatility, capable of playing across midfield and on the wings, he has excelled in the attacking midfield role for both club and country. Samad mentioned that his decision to sign for MBSG became easier once the club assured him that he would continue to play in that role.

“I play my best football as an attacking midfielder, this is where I thrive naturally,” he explained.

“When discussing potential signings with different teams, we inquired about the position I would be playing. Mohun Bagan (Super Giant) expressed their plans to utilise me in the attacking midfielder role, which was very encouraging. I was (also) impressed with their vision for the future, and of course, they have a good track record in the (Hero) ISL.”

The midfielder had delivered a heartfelt message to Kerala Blasters FC supporters earlier shortly after his move to MBSG was announced.