India captain Sunil Chhetri has earned his stripes. He recently made his way back to the I-League after his stint in Portugal, with Sporting Lisbon B, to add punch to the newly-formed Bengaluru FC.
But Chhetri’s reasons to move to Bangalore extend beyond just the beautiful weather.
“At Portugal, I wasn’t getting time for myself. You have to report to the ground early for training, and stay back. I was there for six months but got just five games, and that was hampering my confidence. We have the same set up (with regards to training facilities) in Bangalore. But I am not 19 anymore. That’s why I’m loving the switch to Bangalore. And I love the weather,” he said, dressed in India’s new away jersey. His younger mate Lenny Rodrigues showed off the home jersey.
The new Dri-Fit jerseys (polyester), that weigh just 145 grams, are made of 13 recycled plastic bottles each. “This is impressive. It will help us in the hot weather during the SAAF Cup,” felt Chhetri.
Asked about Spurs star Gareth Bale’s potential 100 million pound transfer to Real Madrid, Chhetri said, “To be honest, not even Bale, one of the best players in the world, deserves that much money. It is the club’s perspective.
“Real are thinking on those lines. But I never thought I’d see this day. That’s a lot of money and it will raise the bar even more.”