Chennaiyin FC sign Eder Monteiro Fernandes

Last season's semi-finalists have boosted their defence by signing Brazilian central defender Eder.

Chennaiyin FC have announced the signing of Brazilian central defender Eder Monteiro Fernandes for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Eder, who will turn 32 in September, was last playing for Nea Salamis Famagusta in the topmost league of Cyprus where he spent two seasons.

The majority of his career has featured in his home country with the most notable stint at giants Vasco Da Gama, where he made 79 appearances between 2005 and 2007.

Eder’s first move abroad came in in 2010 when he joined Portuguese top tier outfit Rio Ave FC for two seasons. He then signed for Greece Super League club PAE Kerkyra, staying one season there before joining Nea Salamis Famagusta.

Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi said, “We are very happy to have signed Eder. He has immense experience having played in various leagues of Europe and currently is at an age where centre backs peak and thus will add plenty of quality and solidarity to our backline. Eder will also be a good guide for the Indian players and I have full faith in him to have a fantastic ISL.”

On joining the ISL franchise Eder said, “I am delighted to have joined Chennaiyin FC. There was a buzz about the Indian Super League globally last year so I am really looking forward to being a part of it this time."

The Brazilian went on to voice his excitement at the chance to play alongside some of his more illustrious teammates while also expressing his desire to work with the Indian players.

"Chennaiyin already have some top players like Elano and Mendy and it will also be great to be working with the Indian players of the team," he said.

Eder is also keen to learn from a former central defender great in Materazzi and insists that he'll do his best to see Chennaiyin lift the trophy.

"I will bring my experience of playing in other leagues of Europe but would also get to learn a lot by playing under the legendary Marco Materazzi. Last year Chennaiyin were one of the most consistent teams of the league and this time I will do everything to make them champions," he concluded.