BFC retain Chhetri and Udanta for new season

BFC retain Chhetri and Udanta for new season

BFC retain Chhetri and Udanta for new season
In a move that will have Bengaluru FC fans celebrating, the club announced that they have retained skipper Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh for the next three years till the end of 2019-20 season of the Indian Super League.

With the signings, Bengaluru FC have ticked off the ISL’s rule of a maximum of two retentions for players over 21 years, the club announced on Friday.

“We are thrilled at being able to retain the present and the future of Indian football in Sunil and Udanta,” said club CEO, Parth Jindal.

Chhetri, 32, has been with Bengaluru for four seasons, finishing top scorer for the Blues every year.

Udanta, meanwhile, joined Bengaluru in the 2014-15 season and has only grown from strength to strength. The 21-year-old from Manipur capped off a fantastic season under Albert Roca last year where he played a key role in the club’s Federation Cup triumph.

Udanta was also named Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Season at the club’s annual awards night earlier this month.

“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 am glad at the prospect of playing in front of them yet again,” said Chhetri, who with 54 goals is also the top scorer for the national team.

“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,” he added.