Manchester: Indian-origin English footballer Michael Chopra, who will turn up for the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters in the inaugural Indian Super League, says he wants to "boost" the football scene in India and improve the country's youth set-up.
The former Newcastle United and England Under-21 striker Chopra stated that he intends to play an important role in helping develop football in India with his contributions on and off the pitch.
"I want to boost football in India. There are 1.2 billion people. I want to be a part of making football a legacy out there. I want to improve the youth set-up. When I was growing up my hero was Alan Shearer. I want the kids in India growing up to say 'My hero is Michael Chopra'," Chopra said.