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.
The 35-year-old Chhetri recently said that he did not have too many games left to play with the national side and that is the reason why he won’t set himself any long-term goals going forward.
“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 in Pune.
“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 not going to play 100 games more 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 the 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, a 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.