Sandesh Jhingan, who recently parted ways with Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Kerala Blasters, believes that if a footballer has the quality, he can play in European leagues which is a dream for every Asian youngster.
In an Instagram chat hosted by the Indian football team’s official handle, the national team defender said that a lot of youngsters know they can make it to Europe. He further stated that in the near future, a lot of Indians will feature in European Leagues.
Ever since Jhingan's departure from Kerala was announced, he has been linked with almost every major ISL club as well as a foreign clubs. The players' camp has maintained that Jhingan wants to play abroad, in Europe or West Asia. However, speaking in the live session, Jhingan managed to keep the fans guessing over his next move.
"Every Asian kid, not only Indians, dream to play in European leagues, especially in La Liga and EPL. (But) there are certain laws that restrict your movements. There are so many things involved. But yes, if you have the quality, you will make it. Now a lot of kids know that they can make it. A lot of players are coming in from those leagues in India. Going forward we will see a lot of Indians making it to Europe,” said Jhingan.
For Jhingan, Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the place where he played in for six years, where he became a star, will always be his second home.
“Kerala is my second home. The people of Kerala are like my family. They hold a special place in my heart. They helped me grow as a person. They showered unconditional love. They have been great for the Indian team as well. When I see these things happen and to be a part of this process gives me immense happiness. To play in that stadium was itself a great memory. I would get a hundred stitches on my body to make those fans smile," said Jhingan.
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) graduate also revealed that he will not shy away from the honour of leading his country if given the opportunity.
"Captaincy will not be any added pressure. When the lights are on me, stakes are high, the pressure is high I feel that I do very well. The higher the stake, I enjoy more. To lead India will be the greatest honour. Not everyone can lead India. I genuinely cherish when there are expectations from me. I will be love to be a regular captain. People only think that the man with the armband is only the leader. It is not like that. The 11 players on the pitch have an equal responsibility.
"Still, I will be a leader and marshall my defence and I cherish playing for my country," he said.