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Mumbai City FC players celebrate a goal during an ISL match between Mumbai City FC and Delhi Dynamos FC at D Y Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Oct 21, 2015.IANS

Mumbai City FC have continued the signing spree of overseas players ahead of the third season of the Indian Super League, with the latest to join the list being Brazilian utility player Leo Costa. The 30-year-old, who ideally plays as an attacking midfielder, joins the likes of Sony Norde, Gerson Vieira, Katsumi Yusa, Matias Defederico and Krisztian Vadocz as the other foreign players in the side.

The Mumbai franchise have not been able to finish in top four of the competition in the last two seasons and they are intent on achieving a better result in ISL 2016.

Costa has never appeared for the Brazil national team but has played in as many as 15 football clubs between 2007 and 2016 in Brazil and Czech Republic. 

"Leo Costa is a great attacking asset. He is an exciting talent and has a lot of playing time under his belt in some of the most competitive international leagues, which is a testimony to his skill," said Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC, via a press release.

The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned franchisee have also retained no-nonsense and fast-paced Indian defender Ashutosh Mehta and highly-rated Indian goalkeeper Albino Gomes for the next season as well. "We are also excited to welcome back Ashutosh Mehta and Albino Gomes to the team. They are both young, hungry and extremely talented. We had a great experience with them last season and had ever since been quite sure about re-signing them for season 3," commented Das.

Among other popular faces, India national team skipper Sunil Chhetri and lightning-footed Manipuri winger Jackichand Singh will also feature for Mumbai City FC in ISL 2016.