Bengaluru FC retain Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh ahead of ISL debut
Bengaluru FC announced that they have retained Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh for the fourth edition of the Hero Indian Super League on Friday. The Blues confirmed that both Chhetri and Udanta have signed a three-year contract, which is set to keep them at the club till the end of the 2019-20 season. The signing of Indian football’s two most sought-after talents also means that Bengaluru have complied with ISL’s rule of retaining a maximum of two players over 21 years of age for the upcoming season.
“We are thrilled at being able to retain the present and the future of Indian football in Sunil and Udanta. The two of them have been immense for Bengaluru FC and will be vital cogs in our wheel as we take on the challenge of rebuilding the club for what will be a tough season ahead,” said Bengaluru FC CEO, Mr Parth Jindal.
Chhetri, who is India’s all-time top-scorer with 54 goals, will be looking to guide Bengaluru to the coveted Hero ISL trophy having already helped them secure two Hero I-League titles in his four years with the club. The 32-year-old also bagged two Federation Cups with Bengaluru and created history with the southerners last year when they became the first Indian team to reach the final of the AFC Cup.
“I’ve always been vocal about how Bengaluru FC is a club that is always close to my heart and I couldn’t be happier to commit three years to the blue shirt of BFC. The Bengaluru FC fans have always shown me so much of love and I’m glad at the prospect of playing in front of them yet again. With Bengaluru in the ISL, these are exciting times at the club and I’m sure we will build the best possible squad for the season,” said Chhetri, who has ended each of his four seasons with Bengaluru as their top-scorer.
Meanwhile, Udanta, who has been heavily touted as the future of Indian football will be looking to kick on in Bengaluru colours after finishing last season as their Players’ Player of the Season and the Fans’ Player of the Season. The 21-year-old from Manipur ended the season on a high by lifting his second Federation Cup with club. He also won the Hero I-League with Bengaluru in 2015-16 and has become a familiar face in the national side after making his debut last year.
“I’ve progressed and learnt so much in the three years that I’ve been with Bengaluru FC and I’m looking forward to giving the club and its fans three of my best years to come. It’s also reassuring to have Sunil bhai with me here and I’m confident we will be fighting for trophies like we always do,” said Udanta.