Sunil Chhetri could be the second Indian after Bhaichung Bhutia and the first in seven years to play in England. The India striker is going to Coventry City later in the week apparently for a look and feel of the club.
Chhetri hasn't officially sought leave from East Bengal who resume in the I-League on Saturday against Chirag United and hence neither the player nor the club had any official reaction. Ditto coach Subhas Bhowmick. But sources at the club said Chhetri, on contract with East Bengal till the end of season with a clause that he can go abroad if the opportunity arises, is due to leave after Saturday's game.
East Bengal next play Mumbai FC away on January 31 and the coach is reportedly okay with missing his striker that game.
A teammate who didn't want to be named said Chhetri isn't going on trials but to "see the club and maybe even see a game." The player said Chhetri has an agent of Indian origin in England and that City have already seen video footage of the striker who had a good game against Bayern Munich II at home on Monday.
Known as the Bantams, City now play in the Championship, the second tier of English football and are 13th in the 24-team competition with nine wins. They are coached by Chris Coleman, a former Wales international and Fulham player who also coached Fulham from 2003-07 before joining Real Sociedad.