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Sporting Lisbon sign on Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri

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Legendary Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon today declared their decision to sign India's Football captain Sunil Chhetri for a minimum period of a season in an attempt to improve sporting and footballing relations between the two countries.

With Portugal ranked 5th in the latest FIFA rankings, and India a lowly 165th, the gulf in the ability of players in both countries is enormous, and Chhetri was under no illusions that he would break into the first team set-up at the club right away, but declared in a press conference in Delhi today his willingness to battle hard and use the opportunity to train at one of the best clubs in the world to improve his ability and skill as a footballer.

Chhetri will in all likelihood sign a one-year contract and join the club's reserve team, but no official declaration of the same was made at this stage.

Chettri, who has enjoyed similar stints with other international clubs like Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers and Kansas City in the past, expressed his delight at moving to a top club, â€œIt is a real pleasure for me and an exciting moment in my career to join a European giant like Sporting Lisbon. I have dreamt of this day and always believed that my time will come. It is now a reality."

Chhetri also expressed his desire to leave absolutely nothing on the table and work his socks off to try and make the most of this opportunity. He said, "When I am 40, I don't want to think back and wonder if I could have done something more. I want to give this my best."