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NorthEast United FC sign Brazilian defender Mailson Alves

New Delhi: ISL franchise NorthEast United FC have made one of their crucial international signings in the form of Brazilian defender Mailson Alves.

The 28-year-old was a regular figure in Chennaiyin FC's triumphant ISL campaign last year and was vital in his team's resurgent performances towards the latter half of the season.

NorthEast United FC head coach Sergio Farias expressed his approval over the signing and said, "This season we are picking players based on their suitability to fit into our philosophy. Mailson is someone who can give us that edge. His experience in the ISL is also a huge factor."

NEUFC's Director of Football, Ardeshir Jeejeebhoy echoed Sergio's thoughts and said, "In Mailson, we have someone who has the experience of playing in Indian conditions and carries the achievement of being an ISL winner. Sergio wanted us to get him on board and I am pleased that we could make that happen. We hope that he will bring his winning mentality to the table and help the team challenge for honors."

The player himself was upbeat about the upcoming season and was happy to sign for the Highlanders. "I am looking forward to working with the Head Coach and I am looking forward to joining NEUFC. We are putting together a special team this season and I am raring to give my best for the fantastic fans and this unique club," Mailson said.

He started 12 times in the ISL last season and was one of the of league's most consistent performers.

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