Maxime Chanot: “The club has been very successful over the past few years and I know we will continue to improve and remain one of the best teams in the league.” (Photo courtesy of MLS) 

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Slightly more than a week ago, New York City FC announced it had declined the option of Maxime Chanot’s contract.

On Saturday, the Luxembourg international center back was back in the fold as the MLS club announced he had signed a new multi-year contract.

NYCFC did not say what the terms were. Chanot, one of the best, if not best central defender in the four-year history of the club, earned a base salary of $375,000 and received a total compensation of $408,000 this past season, according to the MLS Players Association.

“I’m very happy to sign a new contract with New York,” Chanot said. “The club has been very successful over the past few years and I know we will continue to improve and remain one of the best teams in the league.

“I want to thank God for this opportunity. Of course, a big thank you to the club and everyone involved at NYCFC who have helped me in my time here and will continue to support me going forward.”

Due to injuries and international call-ups, Chanot played only 18 games in 2018 for City, scoring one goal. Since signing with the team in 2016, has made 42 starts over 43 matches while helping to shore up the backline.

“Maxime has been an integral part of our club since 2016 and has proven to be one of the best defenders in MLS,” sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He’s a fantastic leader in the locker room and we’re happy to have him at NYCFC for 2019 and beyond.”

Chanot, 29, has made 31 international appearances, scoring three times.

“Maxime is an incredible player and we’re excited to have him back for the next few years,” NYCFC head coach Domenec Torrent said. “He is a key part of one of the best defensive pairings in the league and having him adds consistency to the backline ahead of next season. His experience and leadership is a great asset for the younger players and Maxime’s professionalism helps us not only on the pitch, but in the locker room as well.”