Chennai: Chennaiyin FC have signed up Slovenian playmaker Rene Mihelic for the 2017-18 season of the Hero Indian Super League.
The 29-year-old joins the 2015 ISL champions on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract at Latvian club Riga FC, a release said.
Mihelic graduated from the youth academy of Slovenian giants NK Maribor and also went on to make his senior professional debut for them.
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At 19, Mihelic went on to become Slovenia s youngest player at international level.
After leaving Maribor in 2010, Mihelic spent three seasons with Portuguese top tier outfit Nacional and in that period he also had a 'loan spell' with Bulgarian giants Levski Sofia.
He returned to Slovenia in 2013 for a one-year stint with Zavrc.
He then moved to Hungarian giants Debrecen for a one year stint before moving to Israel to play for Hapoel Ra'anana where he spent 18 months. In January 2017, he joined Riga FC on a short term deal.
Mihelic has represented Slovenia at both senior and various age group levels from u-18 to u-21, the release said.
"Rene Mihelic is a player with a fantastic CV. He is not only a winner but has great technique and at 29 could have his best saved for Chennaiyin FC in the ISL. We look forward to a great season from him," Chennaiyin FC head coach John Gregory said.
Mihelic said, "I am excited and happy to have joined Chennaiyin FC. I have played in many different countries in my career and from what I have heard from John and the club Chennaiyin FC, football is growing in India so I can't wait to be a part of their progress. I thank Chennaiyin and John for believing in me and I hope to bring them and the fans lot of success."
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Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 07:58:30 IST