India football captain Sunil Chhetri says he's yet to decide when to retire but insists he doesn't have many games left for country

  • Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Thursday made it clear that he is yet to decide when to hang up his boots though he did not have many games left for the country

  • Chhetri, who currently plays for Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC, hailed the merger of Mohun Bagan and ATK and said that it was a 'great deal'

  • He also said that Indian football was going in the right direction but there was a long way to go

Pune: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Thursday made it clear that he is yet to decide when to hang up his boots though he did not have many games left for the country.

 India football captain Sunil Chhetri says hes yet to decide when to retire but insists he doesnt have many games left for country

File image of India football skipper Sunil Chhetri. AFP

"I am on the other side of my career. I have already played 112 games for my country and I am not going to play 250 games. That is what I meant that I do not have many games left. I do not know when I am going to stop but I love this game," Chhetri, said.

Chhetri, the second-highest international goal-scorer among active players after Cristiano Ronaldo, was speaking after the launch of NBA-level smart sports technology namely Sports Performance Enhancing Data Analytics System (SPEDAS) at Global Indian International School.

"I feel really energetic. So I will keep going as much as possible. But the fact is, I am on the other side of my career and will not play 100 more games for my country. So, whatever it is, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, I don't know how many, but as many as I can, I will give my best," he said.

Chhetri, who currently plays for Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC, hailed the merger of Mohun Bagan and ATK and said that it was a "great deal".

"A team like Mohun Bagan which is the best club in the country as far as history is concerned. They have done so much for Indian football, huge name with East Bengal. (They) coming in ISL, partnering ATK is a great deal and I wish them all the best apart from the two games they play against us (Bengaluru FC)."

He also said that Indian football was going in the right direction but there was a long way to go.

"We have improved a little bit and have to go a long way. I think everyone who is involved with it, corporate houses, players, coaches, government, AIFF, fans, media have to come together and put the best foot forward to take it to a different level. We are going in the right direction, but the goal is far. We have to work really hard," he signed off.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2020 22:02:05 IST