Indian Super League (ISL) side, Chennaiyin FC have extended the contract of key midfielder, Anirudh Thapa by two years, with the club captain to stay with the club till the summer of 2024.
Thapa who joined Chennaiyin in 2016 has established himself as one of their best players and integral part of the club’s set-up, playing a significant role in Chennaiyin FC’s success over the years that also includes playing two ISL finals—winning the title once in the 2017-18 season.
“Thapa came here young. And in that time, he’s won an ISL title, established himself as one of the best in the country and also captained Chennaiyin FC for a season. He’s made himself in Chennai. And now he will be one of the key players to make the future of Chennaiyin FC,” Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said on the extension.
Despite being only 24-years-old, the midfielder is already the second most capped player for the club, making 101 appearances so far across six ISL seasons, the AFC Cup and the Super Cup.
“Chennaiyin FC has always been like a family to me. And Chennai, my home. So, this decision was not hard to make. I cannot wait to get started with the fans cheering in a packed Marina Arena,” the player said on his extension.
Thapa’s performances have ensured that he is also a regular member of India’s national squad, making 34 appearances so far, while winning the AIFF Emerging Player of the Year twice – which is a record.