FC Utrecht right back Sylian Mokono has signed a new and improved contract which will keep him at the Eredivisie club until June 2024 with an option to extend for another year.
The 21-year-old’s previous deal was set to expire in June 2021, but the Dutch club has acted swiftly to lock him down with a long-term deal.
This is Mokono’s 10th season with the club having joined them at the tender age of 10 after being scouted from local club USV Elinkwijk as a child.
Mokono made his debut in the first team in late 2020 when he came on as a second half substitute in a 1-1 draw against giants Feyenoord.
Speaking to the club’s official website, club Technical director Jordy Zuidam was full of praise for Mokono saying he is on the right track in his career.
“Sylian impressed on the right back position at Jong FC Utrecht. The drive forward, his impressive physical status and his perseverance are hallmarks of Sylian. The fact that he was allowed to make his debut in the first team in De Kuip (Feyenoord) this season underlines that he is on the right track. We are therefore happy that we have been able to keep Sylian with us for longer,” he said.
A dream that he has been chasing for 10 years, Mokono said this is something he has been working hard towards.
“I’m very happy, this is something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life so it’s beautiful that I can experience it,” he told the club’s official website.
“I came here at U12, I’m very happy that I’m still here. I’ve seen them (players) coming and going, but I’m pleased to be here and that I’ve gotten a contract. 2020 was difficult, I trained in my house, worked hard and its positive that I can extend my contract,” he continued.
He also went on to speak about what it means to finally make his senior team debut and what he wants to achieve for the rest of the season. “I was very pleased to finally get started with the senior team, I hope to get more minutes with the senior team.
“You get to the stadium and you see names on the team sheet, I want to see one with Mokono. It would mean a lot for the club and for me if I play more here. I was born and bred in Utrecht so it would mean a lot to me to leave a mark here,” he concluded.
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