Two-time Indian Super League champion Chennaiyin FC has retained the services of Indian midfielder Anirudh Thapa on a two-year deal.
With this deal, the 24-year-old will continue to feature for the club he had joined in 2016 until the summer of 2024.
Since joining the Marina Machans, the Thapa has been an inmportant part of the team’s set-up, playing a significant role in Chennaiyin FC’s success over the years that 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,” said Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani.
Thapa, came in as a development player for Chennaiyin FC after spending four years at the AIFF Elite Academy from 2012-2016. The second most capped player for the club after Jerry Lalrinzuala (103), Thapa has made 101 appearances, 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,” Thapa expressed his excitement.
Thapa also shouldered the captaincy responsibilities last season where the team started off brilliantly with a solid display in the defence.