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    Was supposed to sign at Churchill Brothers in 2013, but joined BFC Inside Voice: Chhetri

    New Delhi. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri was supposed to sign a contract with Goa-based club Churchill Brothers in 2013, but the ‘voice of conscience’ persuaded him to join Bengaluru FC (BFC). Chhetri has won eight trophies in the last eight years for this team. The 36-year-old said the lure of playing in the AFC Cup and his family and friends advised him to join Churchill, but he ultimately decided not to join the Goa-based club.

    Churchill Brothers won the I-League title in 2012–13 and participated in the continent’s second-tier club competition, the AFC Cup. He said, “Everyone advised me to join Churchill Brothers (2013). He was an I-League champion and a big team and was going to play in the AFC Cup. On the other hand there was a new club (Bengaluru FC) and no one knew who was joining the team. For me it was like a risk that I decided to take.

    Sunil Chhetri has extended his contract with Bengaluru FC for two more years and will remain with the Indian Super League side till 2023. Bengaluru FC has won eight trophies since 2013, including two I-League titles (2013–14 and 2015–16) and an Indian Super League championship (2018–19). BFC were also runners-up in the 2015–16 AFC Cup.

    “I haven’t spent a lot of time at clubs, even clubs where I’ve had great relationships and time. Three years at Mohun Bagan and three years at JCT were great. But you’re at a club,” said Chhetri, who is third among active players with the most goals in international football. There is no guarantee that it will last long.

    “Maybe there’s a chance I’ll leave and people are interested in me, so obviously there’s been talk about that,” he said. If everything goes well, I will stay here.” Chhetri, who has scored 101 goals in 203 club-level matches, says the club and the city are like home to him.

    Tags: Bengaluru FC, Churchill Brothers, football news, Sunil Chhetri

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