Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champion Chennaiyin FC (CFC) on Tuesday confirmed that it has parted ways with Mailson Alves, the central defender and captain from the 2018-19 season, by mutual consent.
CFC, in a tweet, also announced the signing of Romanian central defender Lucian Goian for the 2019-20 campaign. The 36-year-old joins the club on a free transfer, and is no stranger to Indian football, having spent the previous three seasons with the ISL side Mumbai City FC.
Mailson departs as a Chennaiyin star, having played in three of the five seasons in the club’s history, making a total of 56 appearances in all competitions and scoring eight goals.
The Brazilian started in both the 2015 and 2017-18 ISL finals that Chennaiyin won.
“It feels great to sign with Chennaiyin,” said Goian.
“The coach (John Gregory) played a huge role in my coming here (to CFC). When he asked me if I wish to return to India to win the ISL trophy, I simply said yes.
“I believe Chennaiyin along with John (Gregory) is a club that knows how to win trophies, and I can’t wait to get started and give my absolute 100 per cent on the pitch.”