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Mumbai City's Ranawade recalls message from Pep

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Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Mumbai City FC defender Amey Ranawade will never forget the day he received a congratulatory message from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as he lay in a hospital bed recovering from head injury.

The previous night, on March 13, during Mumbai City’s Indian Super League (ISL) title clash against ATK Mohun Bagan, Ranawade suffered a concussion going for header and had to be stretchered out in an unconscious state.

The next day, along with the news of his club winning the title by a 2-1 margin, the 23-year-old received a message from Guardiola, delivered to him via officials of the City Football Group.

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The message said: “Amey, I’m Pep. First of all, congratulations for the league — well deserved. I heard that you’re having a concussion and you’re in hospital. Hopefully, you can recover as soon as possible; you can get back home and celebrate this victory with your family, friends and teammates. Stay safe, stay well and I wish you all the best.”

City Football Group is the parent group of Manchester City and Mumbai City.

“I don’t think I ever dreamt about something like this. Being an Indian footballer, I don’t think anyone can even think of getting a message from Pep personally. To see that the morning after a night like that was magical,” Ranawade was quoted as saying in the Hindustan Times.

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Two months on, Ranawade says he hardly knows what happened on that fateful night.

“I don’t remember any of that; the doctors told me I never will because of the concussion. I was told I wanted to carry on playing. It was only the next morning that my friends, family and doctors told me what had happened,” the defender said.

–IANS

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