Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City have signed Indian right-back Rahul Bheke for the upcoming ISL – Season 3.
Bheke was excited with this new development and said, “It’s good to represent a team from your own state. With coach Habas at helm of things, I am excited to be a part of this club and hope to contribute as much as I can to take the club to its ultimate goal.”
25 year old Mumbai-born Rahul Bheke started his career with the Mahindra United youth teams before moving to Air India in 2011. After a couple of seasons with the Airmen, he joined new side Mumbai Tigers FC but left again in 2014 to join Mumbai FC, where he became a regular as a right-back.
In the summer of 2015 Rahul Bheke was signed by East Bengal Club and he was made a part of the ISL draft, but he was not chosen by any of the franchises, so he started playing for the red and gold in the Calcutta Premier Division before the Kerala Blasters FC brought him in as a replacement in September 2015 before the start of the ISL.
Rahul Bheke played in 11 of the 14 ISL league matches in which the Blasters finished last, but Bheke was one of the few positives of that failed campaign. He returned to East Bengal for the I-League and played a few games and now joins FC Pune City from his home state of Maharashtra, who are rebuilding their team after having also missed out of the ISL semifinals.
Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Rahul is first son-of-the-soil Maharashtra player we have on board. Besides being a strong defender, he impressed one and all with his long throws creating attacking opportunities in last ISL. We are thankful to East Bengal for allowing Rahul to continue his development with our club and he will surely be an asset to us.”
FCPC head coach Antonio Habas said, “Rahul is the one of those young talents in the ISL who has impressed me with his defensive skills. Also he is one of the most featured Indian outfield players playing in the ISL last season, which means he was crucial in the scheme of things at his former club. I hope he continues to show the same commitment and grows to become a better player with us.”