India captain Sunil Chhetri, has signed for Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon and will be playing in their ‘B’ team in the second division of the country’s league.
He said that, “It is a real pleasure for me and an exciting moment in my career to be joining a European giant like Sporting Lisbon. I have dreamt of this day and always believed that my time will come. It is now a reality”.
All India Football Federation sources told IANS that the club is planning to launch several development programmes in India, and Chettri will be a part of all the activities.
Sporting Lisbon President Luiz Lopes, “We are keen to support the development of football in India. We along with our partners Football One, are looking at ways in which we can leverage the technical knowledge and coaching expertise that resides within the club to support Indian football. We will align our efforts with that of AIFF and the vision of its President, to raise the level of the game here in India. We are here for the long term and our signing on Sunil Chhetri is the first of our initiatives”.
The Indian star striker has netted 33 goals in 58 appearances for India and has signed a two-year deal with the club.