Frustrated Sunil Chhetri may quit Sporting Lisbon

Chhetri, while admitting football is treated differently in Portugal, said not getting much of a chance to showcase his skills made him frustrated.

updated: May 24, 2013 17:15 IST
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Mumbai: His confidence left shaken after getting just five games with the reserves for Sporting Lisbon, Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has now taken a more pragmatic approach and would hold talks with the Portuguese club about his future before embarking on a second stint.

"I am not used to sitting out. All my life, I have been playing for club and country regularly all 90 minutes. It plays on my mind, even though you are fitter but if you are not playing a match, mentally you are destroyed," said Chhetri, whose two-year contract with Sporting Lisbon runs up to June 2014.

"After six months, I had just played five games for Lisbon's B team, which was not good for my confidence. I was training well in one of the top most academies of the world but not playing matches was haunting me. It was not good for my confidence. I am going back, talk to them and know exactly what is there in store for me. I am 28 not 19 anymore to be sensible in what club I want to choose," he said.

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