Indian Football

'Big Achievement for Indian Football' - Anirudh Thapa on Sandesh Jhingan's Move to Croatia

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sandesh Jhingan signed for Croatia top-tier club HNK Sibenik
Sandesh Jhingan signed for Croatia top-tier club HNK Sibenik / KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images

Indian national football team star, Anirudh Thapa has opened up on fellow countryman, Sandesh Jhingan's move to Croatian top-tier side, HNK Sibenik - claiming that it is a "big achievement" for Indian football.

Jhingan recently completed the move to HNK Sibenik, thereby becoming the first Indian international footballer to play in the Croatian top-tier league Prva HNL, and this has led to the centre-back being congratulated by a number of players on his achievement.

"Big congratulations Sandesh-paaji. It's a big achievement for Indian Football - all the best. We understand that when you come back you will be an entirely different player, and it will all transpire on to us. Go out and play your game - have fun," Anirudh said as quoted by AIFF.

Despite signing a five-year contract with ATK Mohun Bagan only last year, Jhingan has a clause which allows him to move should a European club come calling and the defender chose
HNK Sibenik, amid interest from clubs in Croatia, Austria and Greece.

Jhingan for his part is considered to be the best defender in the country, going from strength-to-strength ever since he was named as the Emerging Player of the Year in 2014. The move to Europe will definitely make him a better player and it will be welcomed by India's head coach, Igor Stimac - who is a big fan of the defender.