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BFC sign midfielder Harmanjot Khabra on loan

Bengaluru FC (BFC) have signed experienced midfielder Harmanjot Khabra, the club announced on Monday. The 28-year-old, who can also play in defence, last turned out for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) and joins the I-League champions on a season-long loan deal.

"I'm thankful to Bengaluru FC who pursued me. I must be doing something right to have been picked up by the champions of India. This is a new era in my career and I want to make the most of it. I'm looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Chhetri and Eugene and want to do my bit in helping BFC win trophies," said Khabra, who turned out for East Bengal for seven seasons, including as skipper for a few years.

Khabra, hailing from Kaharpur in Punjab, graduated from the Tata Football Academy before signing for Sporting Clube de Goa, where he spent three seasons. Khabra played for India's U16 and U19 sides before making his senior team debut in 2011.

BFC coach Albert Roca said he was confident that his new signing would add impetus to the team's I-League defence and its campaign in the AFC Champions League preliminary qualifying stages.

"Harmanjot comes with a lot of experience that will be very handy as the season progresses. It's going to be a busy and a tough calendar for us and while it was important to add to the squad, we wanted to be sure about the quality being brought in and Harmanjot ticks that box," said Roca.

Khabra, who took part in his first training session with BFC on Monday, will wear the team's number 10 shirt.