3/21/2018 9:41:37 AM (GMT+3)

Chennaiyin FC extend Alves, Nelson contracts

Chennaiyin FC extend Alves, Nelson contracts

NEW DELHI, India: Chennaiyin FC has retained the services of Mailson Alves and Gregory Nelson, the club announced on Wednesday.

Mailson has committed the next two years to the club while Nelson signed a one-year extension.

The two of them combined to devastating effect in the final against Bengaluru FC when Mailson rose highest on two occasions to head home from a couple of Nelson corner kicks.

The Brazilian centre-back was solid in defence alongside skipper Henrique Sereno throughout the ISL season, helping keep a joint-highest eight clean sheets.

He was equally lethal at the other end of the pitch, becoming the highest scoring defender this season with four headed goals, two of which came in the final against Bengaluru.

His aerial prowess and no-nonsense approach was instrumental in helping the club win its second ISL title. Mailson also became one of only three players to have played for Chennaiyin FC in both their final appearances in the ISL, with Jeje Lalpekhlua, and Thoi Singh being the other two.

“Chennaiyin FC is home away from home for me. It feels great to have won the ISL trophy in both my seasons at the club, and to have scored twice in the final this time is something I could’ve never imagined. I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support and love. I will try my best to help take the club to greater heights in the coming seasons,” the towering Brazilian said.