ISL: Chennaiyin FC signs Brazilian defender Elson Jose Dias Junior on a two-year deal

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Chennaiyin FC, a prominent team in the Indian Super League (ISL), has recently announced the signing of experienced Brazilian defender Elson Jose Dias Junior, popularly known as Elsinho. This strategic move is expected to significantly bolster the team’s defence.

Chennaiyin FC strengthens defence with Elsinho’s deal

Elsinho, a versatile player known for his adaptability, has been signed on a two-year deal that will keep him with the club until 2026. His signing comes after the club acquired the services of midfielder Jitendra Singh, making Elsinho the second signing of the 2024-25 season for the Marina Machans.

The 33-year-old Brazilian is primarily a defender but is known for his versatility and adaptability, having showcased his ability to contribute even in the midfield. This quality is what Chennaiyin FC were looking for, and Elsinho was a perfect fit.

Elsinho began his professional journey in 2014 with Clube Esportivo Naviraiense. He has played 214 matches so far in his career, which includes 15 goals and two assists. Elsinho spent most of his career at the Mexican club FC Juarez, making 136 appearances for them from 2017 to 2019.

Before joining Chennaiyin FC, Elsinho was part of the Jamshedpur FC set-up last season and played 25 matches for them. His performance in the previous season attracted attention and was a strong point for him to come to Chennaiyin.

Chennaiyin FC’s head coach, Owen Coyle, expressed his excitement about Elsinho’s signing. He said, “Elsinho is a versatile, strong and technical footballer who can fit in at central midfield and at centre back. He gives us options at the back while also providing a goal threat in the opposition box. The Brazilian will be a great addition to our foreign contingent.”

Elsinho also expressed his happiness about joining Chennaiyin FC. He said, “The coach came to speak to me and showed an interest in my work, I was very happy with being able to do a championship that attracted attention, and I was very happy with that, it ended up being a strong point for me to come to Chennaiyin.”

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