Chennaiyin FC retains defender Bernard Mendy

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Chennai, Jul 12: Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC today announced that they have retained defender Bernard Mendy for the third season of the ISL.

The Frenchman will play for Chennaiyin for a third straight campaign and is the most capped player of the team with 28 appearances. A huge crowd favorite at the Marina Arena, Mendy made it to the team of the season in both ISL campaigns besides winning 10 individual awards and lifted the trophy in Goa last December.

Bernard Mendy celebrating along with teammates

"Retaining Mendy endorses our club philosophy of valuing continuity. He has been one of the best players in the ISL's first two seasons and is an icon in our city of Chennai. We believe he will once again inspire our team both on and off the field," said Chennaiyin FC co-owner Mrs. Vita Dani.

"We are very happy to have Bernard at the club for the third consecutive season. His class and experience were instrumental in our consistency in the first two campaigns. We look forward to another strong season from him," Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi stated.

After the end of ISL 2015, Mendy had a stint at I-League club outfit East Bengal and is now excited to be back at Chennaiyin. "I am delighted to be back at Chennaiyin and would like to thank the owners and Marco for giving me another opportunity to re-unite with my second family. I have had two memorable years at Chennaiyin with the highlight being celebrating with our Supermachans after returning with the trophy in Chennai," an ecstatic Mendy said from France.

"We want to win the title again for the people of Chennai and are going to work very hard towards achieving that goal," an ecstatic Mendy said from France," he added.

PTI

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