Indian Super League (ISL) side Mohun Bagan Super Giant on Tuesday announced the signing of midfielder Lalengmawia Ralte on a five-year contract from Mumbai City FC. 

Ralte, popularly known as Apuia, leaves the club after three seasons, having won one League Shield and ISL Cup during his time with the Islanders. 

“I am incredibly honoured and excited to join Mohun Bagan Super Giant, a club that holds a special place in Indian football history. I am eager to work hard, learn from my Coaches and  teammates, and contribute my best to help Mohun Bagan SG achieve its goals. I am grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to step onto the field and give my all for the club and its passionate supporters,” Ralte said.

He joins an already star-studded list of midfielders in the Mohun Bagan SG squad that includes Joni Kauko, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad and Deepak Tangri.

“Apuia is a great reinforcement for our midfield. He has been an important player in the league in recent seasons, becoming an important player as a defensive midfielder in the Indian national team as well. It will help us generate internal competition that will improve team performance,” Mohun Bagan SG head coach Jose Molina said. 

Ralte emerged from the AIFF Elite Academy and gained recognition as the lone player from Mizoram in India’s squad for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup. Following two impressive seasons with the Indian Arrows in the I-League, where Apuia appeared in 13 matches and scored a goal, the talented central midfielder joined NorthEast United for the 2019-20 ISL season.

In his debut season with the Highlanders, the 20-year-old featured in 10 matches. He subsequently elevated his performance in the next season, playing in all 22 games and playing a pivotal role in NorthEast United FC's journey to the semi-finals.

After joining Mumbai City FC, Ralte quickly cemented his place in the starting lineup, featuring in all 20 league games under head coach Des Buckingham. Despite his contributions, the Islanders narrowly missed out on a playoff spot.

In the subsequent season, Ralte continued to showcase his importance to the team. Despite missing several matches due to injury, he remained a key figure. His impact was evident as he scored three goals, contributing significantly to Mumbai City FC finishing as the top scorers in the league and clinching the Shield.

For the 2023-24 season, Ralte began under Buckingham in a more attacking role, thriving in the new position. Upon Petr Kratky taking charge, he transitioned back to a deeper midfield role, forming a strong partnership with Yoell van Nieff. His presence was instrumental as Mumbai City FC went on to secure the ISL Cup.