Indian Super League (ISL) club Bengaluru FC has signed a new two-year deal with Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri and after this deal, Chhetri will now be with Bengaluru FC till 2023. The club gave this information on Sunday. Bengaluru FC said on its website that the club has signed a new two-year deal with Chhetri, the highest international goalscorer for India.
Chhetri joined Bengaluru FC in 2013 and the Indian captain has scored 101 goals in 203 matches for the club so far. The 36-year-old footballer has not played for any other club in the last eight years apart from a brief stint with Mumbai City FC in 2015 and 2016.
After signing the new deal, Chhetri said, “I am really happy to have signed with Bengaluru FC for two more years. Bangalore is my home now, and the people of this club are like family to me. That’s it. It’s like I just signed up for the first time here yesterday. I love this club, the supporters, and the city, I have a strong bond with all three of them. I look forward to being a part of many more wonderful moments with them.”
Bengaluru FC CEO Mandar Tamhane said on the contract extension: “Sunil (Chhetri) has been an integral part of this club since day one. We all know what he, as a player, brings to the team. But his presence as a leader has been equally crucial to us, and especially to the youngsters coming through the ranks.”
A six-time AIFF Player of the Year, Chhetri won his first league title with the club in 2013. He has since won five more trophies with the club, including Federation Cup (2015, 2017), Indian Super League (2018-19), and Super Cup (2018).
Chhetri had recently surpassed Argentina striker Lionel Messi as he scored his 76th international goal. His goal came against Bangladesh in the AFC Asian Cup joint qualifier in Doha.