Looking to bolster its back line in front of keeper Josh Saunders, New York City FC have completed the transfer of Luxembourg International Maxime Chanot.
A native of Nancy, France, the 28-year-old joins the Major League Soccer Club from Belgium Pro League side K.V. Kortrijk, where he scored four goals in 36 matches. To date, Chanot has 19 caps for the Luxembourg national team. His lone international goal came in a friendly against Italy in 2014 that ended in a 1-1 draw. The Italian side that day included Andrea Pirlo.
Vieira Likes Signing
“It is fantastic to add another player of quality to our defense,” said Patrick Vieira, NYCFC’s head coach. “Maxime will create more competition for playing time on our back line and that can only be a positive thing.
The head coach said he likes Chanot’s ability to play the ball out of the back, and also noted his reputation for being a very physical player.
Chanot described himself as a “real central defender” in a statement from the club.
“I love duels and people often say that my main asset is my physical impact,” he said. “I’m also a ball-playing player and I’ll try to score goals for my team when possible, especially when it comes to set pieces.”
In addition to playing professionally in Belgium, Chanot has also play for pro teams in England and France. There had been rumors that Queens Park Rangers (England) an Chievo Verona (Italy) were each interested in obtaining the center back.
According the NYCFC, the team used Targeted Allocation Money to acquire Chanot. He will join the team pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.