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Wish to end my career at EB: Bhutia

India captain Bhaichung Bhutia today 'signed' a year's contract with East Bengal and vowed to play for the club till he hangs his boot, even as he is yet to be released by Mohun Bagan.

sports Updated: Jun 22, 2009 23:46 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times

Given the scale and scope of things on the Maidan, a better homecoming would take some scripting. Bhaichung Bhutia finally touched base, returning to East Bengal —where the 32-year old India captain had started his ascent. Monday's return was also marked by the usual chaos that happens at such events when hero-worshippers gather in thousands.

"I am back," Bhutia quipped, Schwarzenegger-like, even as deafening chants of 'Bhaichung Bhaichung' reverberated around East Bengal.

“I started my career here and I'm going to end it here. This is my last signing and though I don't know when I can play, but I wish to end my career here, maybe after two or three years.” Mired in a controversy that started on May 14 with Mohun Bagan choosing to slap a show cause, Bhutia has had a topsy-turvy 38 days before sealing his fate by signing for East Bengal and insisting on Monday that he never said never again.

“I admit I have had problems with East Bengal. But that is past. The difference lies in the fact how Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have decided to treat the issue,” Bhutia said.

First Published: Jun 22, 2009 21:47 IST