Mumbai City defender Sarthak Golui optimistic of the City-Football-Group takeover

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Sarthak Golui: I have been pushing myself for a spot in the India team

The Centre Back is optimistic that the take over will improve the quality of football in the whole country. It will also benefit Mumbai Footballing community at grassroots levels. Sarthak Golui believes that the take over by the City Football Group will be a huge boost to football in the country.

He also pointed out how after the CFG take over of Manchester City, the team became a force to be reckoned with in English Football. City has won Premier League four times, FA Cup twice, and won several other titles in the last nine years.

Sarthak believes that better facilities and improvements at the grassroots level will show that the CFG is interested in the long-term development of the sport. He is very optimistic of the long term positives that would emerge from this deal for Mumbai City FC as well as the country on a whole.

“I am excited to be a part of this team. With CFG, I hope that Mumbai football is benefited heavily in the long run. I am sure that they gave it enough thought before completing the takeover. They are well aware of the potential of football in Mumbai,” he said.

“I hope that this takeover proves effective not just for Mumbai but for Indian football as well. We can see how the seven teams (Manchester City, New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos, Sichuan Jiuniu, Girona, and Montevideo City Torque) were taken under the umbrella before we have developed very well. Manchester City has been a different team after the takeover. I hope that we will experience the same.

“I also hope that they have a long-term goal with the club and will bring about transformations in the academies, facilities, and grass-root level development of the sport.

The Center-back was also vocal of his support for the merger of ATK- Mohun Bagan, where he also happens to have spent two seasons in the past. He said – “I want to wish (ATK-Mohun Bagan) a successful journey. I know the fans very well, having been part of the club for two years. I know that the emotion and passion for the game there is off the charts.”

“This merger is great for Kolkata and Indian football. I am excited to go back to Kolkata – where I belong – and play against my former club, which is the biggest club in the country. Both are champions and the merged entity will be difficult to beat.”

At just 22, he was already made name for himself and very soon will be the Face of Indian Football. He is thankful to Stephen Constantine and Igor Stimac for providing him with the opportunity to display his prowess. Sarthak is hoping to become a regular in the international stage.

“Stephen Constantine allowed me to join the senior players after I played with the U23s. Playing at the SAFF Championship helped me a lot. Igor Stimac has been supportive since day one. And he was a center-back too and likes to share his experiences. This helps me and the other defenders,” he said.

“In five years from now, I see myself playing for the national team regularly. I hope that dream comes true.”

Source: Goal

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