Defending Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC are not leaving any stone unturned as they get set to retain the title for one more season. The South Indian side announced the signing of key Indian midfielder Siam Hanghal on Tuesday, just days after announcing the acquisition of former Delhi Dynamos schemer Hans Mulder.
The 23-year-old Manipuri star Hanghal, who is a winner of two I-League titles as well as a Federation Cup winner with Bengaluru FC, signed a one-year contract with the side. He played for NorthEast United FC last season, clocking up 12 appearances.
"Hanghal is a very talented midfielder and had a good season in the ISL last year including the game against us in Chennai. He is a good addition to our midfield," Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi said.
"I am grateful to the coach and owners for giving me a chance to join the champions of the league. Last year in the ISL was a great learning experience for me and I am determined to build on it this season and help Chennaiyin retain the trophy," stated Hanghal.
Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Mulder, who has made a whopping 28 appearances in the Indian Super League over two seasons with Delhi, will provide Chennaiyin FC the much-needed strength in the heart of midfield.
"Mulder had two very consistent seasons in the ISL. We were keen to add his quality and experience in our midfield this year," said Materazzi, after signing the 29-year-old. "So we are very happy to have signed him and believe in him to have another strong campaign."
Mulder, on his part, mentioned that he didn't look back when former Italy defender Materazzi called him and enquired if he wanted to play for Chennaiyin FC. "I enjoyed my two years in India while playing for Delhi. When Marco Materazzi showed interest in me, I instantly made up my mind to join Chennaiyin. I am looking forward to playing for such a consistent team and hope to win my first ISL title with them," said the player.