Two times Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC has completed the signing of Rajashthan United defender Gurmukh Singh on a multi-year deal, Football Monk can exclusively confirm. The versatile defender can play across multiple positions in the backline and will be a significant addition to the Chennaiyin defence.
Gurmukh Singh caught many eyeballs with his performances at Rajasthan United last season. But it is the Marina Machans who won the race at last. A source keeping track of the development confirmed “Gurmukh has agreed on terms with Chennaiyin and has signed a two-year deal with the ISL side. Which will keep him at the club till summer 2024.”
Gurmukh’s current contract with Rajasthan ends on 31st May. Hence, this will be a free transfer for Chennaiyin.
The right man for Chennaiyin
Chennaiyin FC is on a major revamp this season. The Marina Machans got off to a brilliant start last year but failed to capitalize. This time, they are very active on the transfer market and are eyeing young and versatile players for the squad rebuild.
Gurmukh’s profile perfectly matches Chennai’s requirements. He can play across all positions in the defensive line and also adds to the squad depth.
Gurmukh down the years
Gurmukh Singh started his career with the U-18 team of East Bengal in 2018. A year later, he joined Techtro Swades FC. But, his days in Techtro were very limited. Just 2 weeks later, he joined the reputed Minerva Academy. There, he grew immensely as a player.
After spending six months with Minerva, he joined Garhwal FC. However, his stay in Garhwal too didn’t last long and he moved to Rajasthan FC shortly later.
His move to Rajasthan United became a defining move in his short career. He featured for six matches in the second division I-League and played an important role in their title triumph last season. The team earned a promotion to the I-League as a result.
Newly promoted Rajasthan United was hit by a huge blow in their opening match. They were forced to play with 9 men against RoundGlass Punjab. Gurmukh stepped up and played as a centre-forward in the opening game. He remained on the bench in the following two matches.
He earned his place back on the teamsheet against Indian Arrows. Since then, he was one of the first names on the teamsheet for Rajasthan as they went unbeaten for 5 games. He played across all positions in the defence and kept 5 clean sheets in 9 matches. Rajasthan conceded just 5 goals in the 8 matches following his comeback and earned a much-deserved promotion to the championship stage
Gurmukh played every single minute in the championship stages as well. He ended the season with 16 appearances for the team.