Federico Gallego of Northeast United FC | File photo

The NorthEast United FC on August 9 announced that the Guwahati-based ISL club is retaining the services of its star midfielder Federico Gallego.

“The club is thrilled to announce that midfielder, Federico Gallego has signed an extension and will represent NorthEast United in the upcoming season,” a club statement said.

Gallego was a standout performer in last year’s historic season, notching 4 goals and 5 assists, as the Club qualified for the playoffs for the first time.

Speaking on the contract extension, Executive Director NorthEast United, Priya Runchal said; “Not only is Federico one of the most talented players to play for the Club, he is also one of the most professional individuals I have ever come across. His commitment to the team and his teammates is remarkable. I still remember when he suffered the horrific injury during the second leg of the semi-final match, we had rushed to meet him at the hospital. His first question when he saw us, and this was before they had a chance to give him painkillers, was what was the final score. We are delighted that he has recovered fully and that he is back where he belongs – at NorthEast United.”

“The support from the management and the fans after the injury has been overwhelming. I loved playing in India last year and look forward to joining my teammates for the preseason and prepare for ISL 6. I am confident that not only can we replicate last season’s performances, but are capable of even going a step further,” said Gallego after signing his contract extension.

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