Bengaluru FC announce departure of both Rahul Bheke and Harmanjot Khabra

Indian International's Rahul Bheke and Harmanjot Khabra are linked to Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters respectively after leaving Bengaluru FC.

Harmanjot Khabra and Rahul Bheke leave Bengaluru FC; Image credit: Twitter/@RahulBheke

Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC announced the departure of defenders Harmanjot Singh Kabra and Rahul Bheke. Both of them were picked from the draft in 2017. Bengaluru FC had a poor 2020-21 ISL season were they finished seventh in the table. Head coach Carles Cuadrat was sacked in the midst of the campaign and interim coach Noushad Moosa took over. New head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli took charge of the side in March 2021 and the club has been trying to freshen up things ahead of the next season.

Rahul Bheke’s most memorable moment at the club was scoring the late winner in the 2018-19 ISL final against FC Goa. The 30-year-old has been one of most consistent and dependable players for BFC in the last four years.

He has the ability to play anywhere in defence. His preferred position is at right-back but he has the can play at the center-back as well.

However, when required he can also slot in at the left-back position as seen during the last season. He often played there when first choice left-back Ashique Kuruniyan was injured.

The Mumbaikar played for ISL clubs Kerala Blaster and Pune City FC and Kolkata giants East Bengal before joining Bengaluru.

Where to next after leaving Bengaluru FC?

33-year-old Khabra was a warrior for The Blues. He is predominantly a midfielder but the Punjab-born played most of his games at right-back for Bengaluru.

The TATA academy product started his professional career at Spoting club de Goa in 2006 before joining East Bengal in 2009.

Meanwhile, he played for Chennaiyin FC on loan in the first two seasons of ISL before signing a permanent contract in 2016. Bengaluru FC picked Khabra from the draft in 2017 following an impressive loan spell at the club.

According to reports coming in, Khabra has signed a contract with Kerala Blaster FC but the club hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Bheke is linked to ISL champions Mumbai City FC.




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