Official: FC Pune City sign Sanju Pradhan and Raju Yumnam

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Pune, July 5: Indian Super League side FC Pune City have successfully roped in Raju Yumnam and Sanju Pradhan for the upcoming season.

Both Raju and Sanju Pradhan have joined the side from NorthEast United FC.

Raju Yumanm in FC Pune City colours

Speaking about the two signings, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Pradhan has shone at every stage of his career and has the versatility and pace to match the best in the country; he will be a good addition to our attacking third. Whereas Raju is a solid and dependable defender. His focus and dedication is exemplary and he has a modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team."

Raju Yumnam, 26, made his professional debut with Churchill Brothers in 2011. During his stint with the Goan giants, the player had won an I-League and a Federation, two of the most prestigious tournaments in the country.

Sanju Pradhan had earlier played for Atletico de Kolkata in 2014 and was a part of the title winning side. Last year he moved to NorthEast but failed to make any mark. The Sikkimese snipper has also played for I-League clubs like Kingfisher East Bengal and Salgaocar SC.

FC Pune City head coach Antonio Habas too opined about the signing. "Raju adds teeth to the defence line. He's strong, he's excellent in the tackle and he's very good technically. Pradhan on the other hand is a very talented player. He's calm, focused and dedicated. He's well-accepted and loved by his partners," Habas said.

Both Raju and Pradhan were looking forward to joining FC Pune City. "It's going to be a new beginning for me and am pretty excited to work with coach Habas and new teammates," said Raju.

Pradhan who will play under Habas again said, "I was a part of title-winning team with coach Habas in the first season and will join some of my former colleagues here at FC Pune City. It's a challenge that I am most looking forward to."

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