Bhattacharja who won the Golden Glove award while at ATK Mohun Bagan in the 2020/21 season is understood to be keen to improve his performances ahead of the upcoming ISL season and sees the stint with Marbella FC as a step in that direction.
“I am going to Marbella in Spain, to train for a month. I will be training with the club called Marbella FC. I had a talk with their goalkeeping coach. He asked for few of the video clippings of my training to get an idea about how do I train here in Kolkata. I sent him some clippings of my training with some of the foreign coaches. After going through them, he asked me to go there and train with their first team," he said in an interview.
“I have applied for the visa. Once it comes, I will leave for Marbella. I have to pay all the expenses for this training for one month,” Bhattacharja added.
The 32-year-old believes that since there are a number of Spanish coaches plying their trade in India, he will not only get some useful tips but also will be comfortable with a Spanish set up.
“I have to prepare well. I asked my agents to arrange something for a better and proper training. They suggested me to go to Marbella FC, where I can train with them properly. I have worked under many Spanish coaches back home. So I think, I will be comfortable with a Spanish set up. I hope to prepare, as I expect there and come back with a good shape and a lot of confidence.
“The last season didn’t go well for me. That’s why I have decided to prepare well before coming season. In off season, I used to train under Abhijit Mondal in Kolkata. But nowadays, he is busy with his assignments in India U16 and U14 teams. That’s why he can’t give me full time," the goalkeeper added.