Thu, 05 Jul 2012 08:49:30 GMT | By IANS

Sunil Chettri signs with Sporting Lisbon

New Delhi: Indian footballer Sunil Chettri has signed with Sporting Lisbon's B team for the next season. The side plays in the Portuguese second division.


Sunil Chettri signs with Sporting Lisbon

Excited over the development, the Indian football captain said, "It is a real pleasure for me and an exciting moment in my career to join 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 those activities as well.

"It is a real pleasure for me and an exciting moment in my career to join 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. I will make it count for India," Chettri was quoted as saying by goal.com.

Sporting Lisbon's move is being seen as a step to capture the 1.2 billion Indian market, which has become a lucrative field for European football clubs.

Chettri, a former Kansas City striker, is at present a free agent after being released by Mohun Bagan.

Chettri earlier had appeared for trials at Coventry, Queens Park Rangers and Glasgow Rangers without much success.

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