Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennaiyin F.C have announced the signing of Brazilian playmaker Raphael Augusto Santos da Silva on a new two-year contract that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
The 26 year old Augusto was initially signed on loan from Fluminese F.C in Brazil for the 2015 ISL season and was a key part of the side that went on lift the trophy in the final. His excellent performances in the midfield for Chennaiyin convinced the club to sign him on a permanent basis the following season.
The Brazilian has already represented DC United in the Major League Soccer (MLS) and Legia Warsaw in the Ektraklasa in Poland in his professional career so far. He went on to make 12 appearances in his first season in the ISL, scoring a vital goal along the way. The following season he made another 13 appearances for the Chennai based side winning several individual awards.
Newly appointed ex Aston Villa F.C coach John Gregory was delighted to announce the new contract for the playmaker. “I have received great feedback on Raphael from Sabir. He has clearly been one of best midfielders in the ISL and at 26 can only get better. I hear that he is a real fan favourite so it’s great for the club to have him attached for the long term,” he said.
The Brazilian fan favourite was equally delighted to extend his stay at the club. Augusto added, “I can’t express in words how I feel for Chennaiyin FC and the people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. We have a special bond. I have spent two memorable seasons already and look forward to be with the club for many more years. We didn’t get the results we wanted last season after the success of 2015 so I am determined to bring the trophy back to Chennai.”
This comes after the Abishek Bacchan owned outfit had announced the signing of Spanish defender Inigo Calderon yesterday. The former Brighton and Hove Albion defender has been signed on for the 2017-18 season.