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Sunil Chhetri: I am enjoying my football, can’t say when I’ll retire

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Sunil Chhetri

India captain Sunil Chhetri said that he cannot say for certain when he will retire as he is still enjoying his football. Chettri admitted that he is entering the twilight of his career as he leads the team into the AFC Asian Cup. Even at the age of 37, he is the main goal threat of the team when he plays.

“Same question was asked before the last Asia Cup (2019) that ‘what next’ and I said the same thing. Five years have passed. It’s the same now. I was 32 then, now I’m 37-38,” India captain Sunil Chhetri said. “I don’t know, maybe. Right now, I’m enjoying it. I enjoy sprinting with Udanta (Singh), enjoying headers with (Sandesh) Jhingan, and scoring against Gurpreet. The day I don’t (enjoy), I’ll be done, I can’t give you a number when.”

“It’s not easy to get up at 6 o’clock every day or do a 30-minute yoga session before everyone wakes up. It’s a very, very strict life that I live. It’s not easy to do it for 21 years” he added. If we don’t do well against Cambodia, you have lost half your battle. As of now, we are just thinking about Cambodia. Once we are done with them, we will think about Afghanistan. No doubt, Afghanistan are strong.”

“It (Playing at Salt Lake Stadium) is a surreal feeling, and the respect has been a mutual one. For the past few years, I have been playing against them for the club, but whenever I have worn the national team jersey, it’s always been genuine support, and that’s what I am expecting even this time. Football fans in Kolkata will never fail you,” he continued. “Simply because we have got home advantage, I’d say it would have been better if we got two games purely on the fact that we are playing at home. But it is what it is. It doesn’t matter now, and everyone has a fair chance. Playing at home comes with its own advantage, as much, there will be pressure.”

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