Premier League giants Manchester United reached out to Indian football giants, East Bengal, to congratulate them on their centenary and also for all but securing a spot in the 2020-21 season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
In a letter sent to East Bengal's General Secretary Kalyan Majumder, United sent their wishes to the Kolkata-based club.
“We would like to hereby congratulate East Bengal Club and the millions of East Bengal fans for its centenary year celebrations. We are well aware about the rich history of your club and its colourful journey since 1st August 1920,” the letter stated.
“We must also thank you for the wonderful experience we had during our recent site visit to your club at Kolkata, India.
“We are also happy to know that all the efforts will be made to see East Bengal figuring in this season’s Indian Super League and we hereby send our best wishes for your new journey. All the very best for the bright future of the club,” it added.
Reacting to the letter, Debabrata Sarkar, a senior executive of the club spoke told indianexpress.com, “Before the pandemic set in, there were talks of playing a game with United. We are still very much planning on having this match (hopefully if the situation improves in our country.) Talks are still on.”
East Bengal’s investors roped in Kolkata-based cement giants Shree Cement Limited as their new investor and are all set to take part in the ISL. The two parties have already formed a new company by the name of Shree Cement Foundation which will be the entity that will pick up the bid proposal for a spot in the ISL on behalf of East Bengal.