Indian Football

'No regrets' - Sandesh Jhingan on disastrous move to Croatia

Arjun Singh Devgan
Jhingan moved to HNK Sibenik and returned back to Bagan
Jhingan moved to HNK Sibenik and returned back to Bagan / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/GettyImages

India football star, Sandesh Jhingan has opened up on his failed move to Croatia's top-tier club HNK Sibenik, claiming that he has no "regrets" and instead looks to draw inspiration from the experience.

Jhingan who is is arguably India's best central defender at the moment, moved to HNK Sibenik amid great fanfare, but the move did not work out as two days after landing in the country the 28-year-old was injured, the first of the many setbacks, and barely after four months he drew curtains on his Croatian sojourn, following which he reunited with his former club ATK Mohun Bagan.

“It was okay, everything in life is an experience. When I decided to go there I wanted to go out of my comfort zone so I knew where I was heading. I spoke with the coach about how I can learn from the Croatian players and help the team, it was productive. I got injured on the second or third day, that was unexpected," Jhingan told Hindustan Times.

"But I have no regrets about how it went there because I had given everything. Many times no matter how hard you work, no matter how big your plans are, if it's not gonna happen, it's not gonna happen," he added.

The 28-year-old currently plays for former club, ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL), with the Mariners placed fifth on the points table with 20 points from 12 matches.