Mumbai City FC bid farewell to Amrinder Singh after five seasons
2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) champions Mumbai City FC can confirm that Amrinder Singh will leave the club after his contract ends on Monday, May 31. The 27-year-old goalkeeper will bid farewell to the Islanders after five seasons with them.
Amrinder, who joined the club on September 7, 2016, initially on loan from Bengaluru FC, made his debut for the Islanders in a 0-0 draw against FC Goa later in the year in November. Despite joining midway through the 2016 Hero ISL campaign, Amrinder notched up five clean sheets in six appearances, leading Mumbai City FC to their first-ever Hero ISL semi-final appearance, and made his way to the Golden Glove award in his debut season with the Islanders.
The Mahilpur-born goalkeeper stayed on with Mumbai City FC for the 2017-18 campaign and gave glimpses of his brilliance in goal in an otherwise forgettable season as the Islanders finished 7th on the table. However, his performances were duly rewarded as Amrinder put pen to paper on a three-year extension in March 2018.
Named as one of the club’s captains by Jorge Costa in the 2018-19 campaign, Amrinder continued his rise as one of the finest shot-stoppers in the country and led Mumbai City FC to only their second semi-final appearance in five seasons of the Hero ISL.
On January 4, 2020, Amrinder created history by becoming the highest capped player in the history of Mumbai City FC when he led the Islanders out against ATK FC at the Mumbai Football Arena, passing the record set earlier by Lucian Goian. The Islanders, however, missed out on a consecutive semi-final appearance on the final day of the league later in the same campaign.
Amrinder would soon play a crucial role in one of the most important seasons in the club’s history. He remained as one of the leaders of the side under incoming head coach Sergio Lobera in a highly successful 2020-21 season and was instrumental in leading Mumbai City FC to first, the Hero ISL League Winners Shield and then, the elusive Hero ISL Trophy – the first pieces of silverware in the club’s history.
With 84 appearances for Mumbai City FC, his last one coming in the iconic 2020-21 Hero ISL Final at the Fatorda, Amrinder leaves as the Islanders’ highest appearance-maker and an icon in the history of the club.
Amrinder Singh said:
“I came to this club five years ago as a boy and now I leave as a man. I have learnt so much about football and about life in my time at Mumbai City FC. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best players, the best coaches, and staff here in Mumbai.
“Moreover, I will cherish every minute I've spent playing in front of our fans. They are the backbone of this club and I can never forget all the love and support they've given me and my teammates in good times and especially in not-so-good times.
“This club is my family and it's always tough to say goodbye to family. But I am proud that I can leave this family as a champion, winning our first ever trophies, and I will always hold Mumbai City FC close to my heart.”
Club co-owner, Bimal Parekh said:
"Amrinder will leave behind a legacy at the club as a leader, as an inspiration and his contributions to Mumbai City FC in the last five years will not be forgotten. He's made his place in our short history so far. We would like to thank Amrinder and wish him nothing but the best for whatever the future holds."
Head Coach, Sergio Lobera said:
“It's no secret that Amrinder has been an important part of Mumbai City FC's history. Amrinder's influence both on and off the pitch was immense and his role in our incredibly successful last season cannot be understated. He helped his teammates improve and he helped me learn many things as a coach too. I wish him good luck and good health in his future.”