Chennaiyin FC retain key players in record deals

Chennaiyin FC

Indian Super League Chennaiyin FC have retained their star forward Jeje Lalpekhlua on a three-year contract. The Tamil Nadu based franchise have also retained their star goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.

Jeje has been part of the Chennaiyin FC since the inaugural edition in 2014. The 26-year-old striker was crucial to Chennaiyin’s victorious campaign in 2015. He had capped the season with 6 goals.

The exact amount of the deal is not disclosed. But the club insiders reveals that he has become one of the highest paid Indian players in the league, surpassing Amrinder Singh’s move to Mumbai City FC.

Jeje has been one of the best forwards in India football alongside mercurial Sunil Chhetri.

“We are very happy to have retained Jeje and Karanjit. Jeje has been with the club since its inception and has grown into a leader and of course become one of the finest players of the country,” said Chennaiyin FC co-owner Mrs Vita Dani.

The club head coach John Gregory said: “I have received great feedback on both Jeje and Karanjit from our assistant coach Sabir (Pasha), owners and rest of the Indian staff. They are clearly two of the best players in their respective positions in India and securing them for the long term was a key aspect of our team building.”

Jeje, who won the ISL Emerging Player Award in 2015, is Chennaiyin’s all-time second highest scorer and ISL’s all-time highest Indian scorer with 13 goals in 27 starts. Karanjit has made 13 appearances for Chennaiyin so far with four clean sheets.

With the ISL season extended to five months a pay hike for all the players is on the cards.