As Bengaluru prepares to welcome the Indian Super League carnival for the very first time next season, the club kicked off the rebuilding process today by retaining two of their star players.
Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh penned new three-year deals to stay at Bengaluru FC till the end of 2019/20 season, the club announced on Friday.
By retaining two of their players who are over 21 years of age, the Southern Eagles have checked the box regarding the ISL rule that allows two retentions per club.
Speaking to the club's official website, CEO Parth Jindal said, "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".
Sunil Chhetri, who also captains the team, has lead from the front ever since making the move to Bengaluru. The Indian striker has been the top scorer for the Blues' every year since his arrival four years ago.
Chhetri, speaking to the club's official website, expressed his happiness in committing three more years to the club. "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."
Manipur-born young winger Udanta Singh joined the club in 2014 and has slowly cemented his place in the first team after a string of wonderful outings in the last two seasons. He played an important role in Alberto Roca's side last season as they clinched the Federation Cup and was named Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Season at the club’s annual awards night earlier this month.
Youngster Udanta echoed his captain's feelings about signing a new deal. “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."