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All 11 teams in Indian Super League have started to restructure their teams for the upcoming season. Let’s have a look at some of the few transfers that happened recently in the league:

Arrival – Yumkhaibam Jiteshwor Singh

Two-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC have roped in young Manipuri midfielder Yumkhaibam Jiteshwor Singh on a multi-year deal ahead of the upcoming season. 

Jiteshwor will be joining Marina Machans following an impressive outing for Neroca FC in the I-League last season, in which he was adjudged the best emerging player.

He had produced one assist and spent over 1500 minutes on the pitch, featuring in 12 league and five championship stage matches.

The 20-year-old will look to add youthful energy to Chennaiyin FC’s midfield, consisting of last season’s skipper Anirudh Thapa, who was retained by the club earlier on a two-year deal.

A defensive midfielder, Jiteshwor has played in three I-League seasons in his career so far since making his professional debut with Orange Brigade in 2020. He also appeared for Kolkata-based Bhawanipore FC on three occasions in the I-League qualifiers during a short loan spell in 2020.

Departure – Cleiton Silva

Earlier this week, Bengaluru FC announced the departure of Brazilian forward Cleiton Silva.

The forward, born in the southeast region of Brazil, joined the ISL outfit ahead of the 2020-21 season. In the 37 matches, he has appeared for the Blues, Silva has contributed 23 goals in total, with 16 goals and seven assists.

In his two seasons in the ISL, the Blues did not manage to make it to the play-offs, finishing seventh in the 2020-21 season and sixth in the 2021-22 season.

Departure – Roy Krishna

ATK Mohun Bagan‘s most successful forward and Indian Super League winner Roy Krishna has left the franchise after three fruitful seasons, the club announced last Friday.

“Thank you for the memories, Roy! Goodbye and good luck!” the club announced on Twitter.

In his combined 60 appearances for ATK and their merged entity with Mohun Bagan, the Fijian had scored 36 goals and assisted on 18 occasions in the Indian Super League – the most for his club. Overall, the 34-year-old is also the all-time fourth-highest goal-scorer in the history of the ISL behind Bartholomew Ogbeche (53), Sunil Chhetri (51) and Ferran Corominas (48). Having started his journey in the ISL with erstwhile ATK in 2019-20, Roy Krishna steered them to their third championship win with 15 strikes – the highest of the season.

Contract Extension – Seriton Fernandes

India international Seriton Fernandes has officially signed a new contract with FC Goa, extending his stay with the Indian Super League (ISL) club till the summer of 2024.

The new deal will see him remain with the club for seven seasons after being selected in Round 7 of the ISL player draft in 2017.

“I’m delighted to extend my stay with FC Goa,” Fernandes told FC Goa’s website after putting pen to paper on his new contract.

“I made my ISL debut with the club nearly five years ago, and I realise that I’ve grown a lot as a footballer since then. FC Goa have played a huge role in my development, and I will happily continue to repay the team with complete love and commitment.”