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Indian youngsters should make sacrifices, take gamble of playing abroad: Bhaichung Bhutia




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New Delhi: Former Indian soccer crew captain Bhaichung Bhutia believes that youngsters should make sacrifices and take the gamble of playing for a overseas membership to boost their expertise.

“I would suggest young players in India to take a gamble and play for a club abroad. You will need to make sacrifices and it may not pay as well as what a top player in India earns. However, once you reach the age of 25-26 years, then you can look into the financial aspect,” Bhutia informed AIFF TV.

“I agree with what Venkatesh said (in an earlier chat with AIFF TV). Our players do not have to play in the top European leagues. They can play in Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, Qatar, UAE or countries like Belgium, for example,” he mentioned.

Bhutia grew to become the primary Indian participant to play over 100 worldwide matches. During his illustrious profession, Bhaichung spent three years with English membership Bury FC and later went on to have two stints in Malaysia — with Perak FA after which Selangor MK Land, respectively.

The striker who has been inducted within the AFC Hall of Fame highlighted how playing overseas helped him enhance as a participant, and made him perceive “what professional football is all about”.

The striker who has been inducted within the AFC Hall of Fame highlighted how playing overseas helped him enhance as a participant, and made him perceive “what professional football is all about”.

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The striker who has been inducted within the AFC Hall of Fame highlighted how playing overseas helped him enhance as a participant, and made him perceive “what professional football is all about”.

“Playing abroad teaches you a lot. If not technical-wise, it certainly gives you an idea of what professional football is all about and how the business of football works. As a player, you improve and learn. My experience with Bury FC was really good. It definitely made me aware of the kind of player I am and helped me improve myself,” he defined.

Bhaichung cited the instance of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who spent three years with Norwegian membership Stabaek FC — the place he grew to become the primary Indian to play within the UEFA Europa League. He returned to India in 2017, on the age of 25, signing for Bengaluru FC.

Bhaichung termed Gurpreet’s choice as a “good gamble”.

“Gurpreet is a good example. He had done really well playing in Norway and made great strides — even featuring in the Europa League. These clubs may not pay as well but it is a sacrifice you have to make. Gurpreet took the call to come back to India as they (Stabaek FC) were not paying him the amount that he would receive here (in India),” the veteran striker mentioned. (ANI)

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