Bengaluru, Feb 22: Bengaluru FC on Thursday extended Rahul Bhekes contract for three more years, tying the defender to the club until May 2021, the club announced on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has been a vital cog in Bengaluru’s season so far, and the extension reaffirms the club’s commitment towards holding on to its best talent.
The Mumbai-born defender, who was picked up by the Blues in the Indian Super League draft back in July, was delighted to have extended his stay in the Garden City.
“It’s a great feeling to sign for three more years with the most professional club in the country. We’ve had ups and downs in this season, but for me it has been an amazing experience. The way the club fights for all the tournaments is something unique and I’m glad to be part of this journey,” he said.
“The management, the staff and most importantly the fans have always supported me throughout and it wasn’t a tough decision to make,” he added.
Club COO Mustafa Ghouse said: “Rahul is a versatile player and was one of our early picks in the ISL draft. We were extremely happy to have got him and with the open market next season, we want to hold on to our best players and he has undoubtedly been one of the standout performers this season. We are happy that he will continue to be a part of us for three more seasons, as it gives the continuity in the team that everyone wants.”
A consistent figure in the Bengaluru back-line, Rahul has played twenty times for the Blues this season, making 19 starts and scoring two goals, both in the AFC Cup.