Chencho: 'India has one of the best football facilities'

Bhutan's Chencho Parop Gyeltshen said his fans also wanted him to shift his base to an ISL club as the league was extremely popular in his country.

Chencho Gyeltshen (blue) finished as the top-scorer in the I-League 2017-18 and helped Minerva FC clinch its maiden title.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Chencho Parop Gyeltshen, one of the most exciting foreign recruits of Bengaluru FC this year, said he the current football infrastructure tempted him to play in India.

"Although I got offers from Asian countries like Malaysia, Bangladesh, Maldives and also from some European clubs, I felt India has one of the best football facilities in terms of infrastructure. So I chose India. The importance dished out to footballers is something great,” he told the-aiff.com.

“Football is not just a game for the Indian players. It’s their life. That’s a major reason the complexion of Indian Football has changed,” he said

Chenco, the Blues’ fifth foreigner and the first one the club has ever signed from a fellow SAFF nation, said the ISL was extremely popular in Bhutan and his fans wanted him to shift his base to an ISL club.

"The Indian Super League is very popular in my home country Bhutan. It’s followed very closely and the fans get to watch live telecast of every match. My fans back home wanted to see me in action in every match and demanded that I signed for an ISL Club. But I am always looking forward to play in the European leagues,” he smiled.

Chencho Parop Gyeltshen, nicknamed the Bhutanese Ronaldo for his deft skills, also lavished praise on Indian captain Sunil Chhetri, his teammate at Bengaluru FC.

“Sunil is passionate. His commitment to the game inspires others. He spreads out the positive energy down the spine of the team,” he said.