Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani extends stay at Hyderabad FC

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Hyderabad, Apr 23 (PTI) Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC handed a one-year extension to experienced goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani, the club announced on Friday.

The Goa-born custodian has inked a fresh deal till the end of the 2021-22 season.

'I have now spent two years with the club and I am really happy here. I know the club and the people involved pretty well and it was an easy decision for me to extend my time with Hyderabad FC,' Kattimani was quoted asaying in a media release.

The experienced 31-year-old has been with Hyderabad FC since its inception and became the first choice under the bar for head coach Manolo Marquez during the last ISL season.

'He is a very good keeper. He is not just good with his shot-stopping but is also very calm with his feet. He is confident playing out from the back and is a really good fit for our system,' said Manolo.

With 59 ISL appearances to date, Kattimani was a crucial member of the Hyderabad FC squad that finished fifth in the league last season, and Manolo believes his experience will be key in the upcoming season.

'We have a really young squad at HFC and we need players with experience like Kattimani. He is an excellent keeper, a great person and is happy to help youngsters out in the team and we are happy to retain his services for another season.' In the 2020-21 ISL season, Kattimani kept six clean sheets in 14 games, conceding less than a goal a game. PTI APA KHS KHS APA