India’s goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, could return to the league setup in India, as his Norwegian club confirmed today that he had left the club and was pursuing opportunities in Indian football.
“John Alvbåge is loaned from IFK Göteborg to Stabæk in the season. The 35-year-old keeper replaces Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who leaves for Indian football.” read a statement from Stabæk.
Stabæk’s coach said that Gurpreet was an essential part of the club, but was looking for new challenges in India, and that the club was happy to let him follow his heart.
“Singh has been a good person to have in the club, and has developed a lot in time in Stabæk. Now he has made a club change which I think will be good for him.” said Toni Ordinas.
Gurpreet joined the Norwegian team from East Bengal in 2014 and put India on the European football map, becoming the first Indian footballer to play in the first division of a European League. He even featured in the Europa League during his time there, but had to be content with a substitute role during his last few months there.
According to reports, Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC are front-runners to sign the goalkeeper.
Gurpreet’s return to the Indian footballing leagues would be a great boost for viewership in India, as Gurpreet’s stint in Europe is well documented amongst the Indian football fanatics.
As far as Gurpreet is concerned, he would be receiving a very lucrative offer from any ISL club that he joins, but would miss out on the quality training methodology followed in Europe.